Latvia : An OverviewLatvia is bordered by Belarus, Lithuania, Russia and Estonia. It is an undersized country size and the total area is 64 589 sq km and with population of 2, 23,150 as recorded in 2009.
Latvian-born citizens are 60% of the total population and just about 30% are of Russian origin. The language used in Latvia is called Latvian, which is a Baltic language family. Here is the official currency is Lats.
Latvia consists mainly of the four historic regions of Courland in the West, Livonia in the northeast, Semgallen as a fine band between the Western Dvina and the Lithuanian border and Latgale in the southeast. It is mostly a forested moraine -hills with numerous lakesand a long, slightly indented coastal plain. The longest rivers of Latvia, the Daugava and the Gauja.
Culture and society
Latvia is culturally influenced, especially Northern European. Also, the current Latvian culture has many ties to Sweden and Finland, but especially for the North German culture.
Latvia is particularly known for its folk culture of the ancient Latvian religion play a central role.
In Latvia, five appear nationally distributed daily newspapers, the percentage of newspaper readers is 135 readers per 1000 population.
As a Latvian national sport is hockey. As a first national sporting event was the World Ice Hockey Championship 2006 in Riga. Besides hockey is basketball popular as football, especially the national team is only since the first European Championship qualifier in 2004 greater attention.
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