Riga city assures any tourist for a one of a kind and fun-filled vacation tour. But before you book those flight and jot down your itinerary, you might want to know one or two information about the city.
Latvia is situated on the eastern shore of the Baltic Sea, sharing borders with Lithuania to the south, Estonia to the north, Russia to the east and Belarus to the southeast.
Territory and population
The climate in Latvia is moderate with distinct seasons. Summers are generally warm and short. Autumn and spring are relatively mild and rainy. Winter weather is cold and fluctuates a great deal, with some years snowier and colder than others.
Latvian is the official language of the Republic of Latvia. Russian is often spoken as well. Both English and German are spoken to some degree, with English becoming increasingly common.
Latvia has no official religion. Most of the population is Lutheran, although Catholicism prevails in the east. Russian Orthodox and Old Believer communities in Latvia are rather large. In general Latvian society is tolerant of different religions and open to new religious ideas.
On Phone Communications
There are both fixed and mobile phone communications available in Latvia. The international telephone code for Latvia is +371 and all phone numbers consist of 8 digits. One should note that all mobile phone numbers start with “2”, landline numbers start with “6”, various charity organization lines start with “900”, paid informative lines start with “81” and toll-free lines with “800”; however, calls to paid lines starting with “909” can cost up to several lats a minute.
Even though Latvia is a member of the European Union, the national currency of Latvia is not the euro, but the lat. Notes of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 500 lats and coins with the nominal value of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 santims and 1 and 2 lats are circulated in Latvia.
These are just the few things you need to know about the city dubbed as Paris of the North.