Travel Information for Latvia
Time zone:GMT +2 (Eastern European time)
Daylight savings:GMT +1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October
Main languages:Latvian Other languages:    Russian, Lithuanian
Currency: euros (EUR)

$1 = 0.89, £1 = 1.19

(rates as of Sep 2016)

Internet Domain:.lvInternational Dialling Code:    371

For help planning your trip to Latvia including visas, vaccinations, currency exchange, flights, accomodation and insurance, see our Latvia trip planning page.

Further information on Latvia

Discover more about Latvia - the country's geogrpahy and natural features, an assessment of its status on freedom and rights and data on the country's population and economy.

Geography & Natural Features

Map of latvia

Total area: 64,589 sq km (1,000 sq km under water)

Coastline: 498 km (Baltic Sea)

Neighbours (border lengths): Belarus (171km), Estonia (343km), Lithuania (576km), Russia (292km)

Highest mountain: Galzina Kalns (312m)

Freedom & Rights

Summary status and rankings for Latvia from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights. See more details of these rankings.

Freedom in the WorldFree -
Democracy IndexFlawed democracy 39/167
Economic FreedomModerately Free 37/179
Press FreedomSatisfactory situation 28/179
ILGA LGBT rightsSome rights -
Corruption PerceptionsLow corruption 43/174
Overall Ranking:    43/195

Other Data & Links

Full name: Republic of Latvia     Status: Independent Country

Population: 2,165,165 (rank: 140/196)     Density: 33.5 people/sq km (rank: 144/196)

Ethnic groups: Latvian 57.7%, Russian 29.6%, Belarusian 4.1%, Ukrainian 2.7%, Polish 2.5%, Lithuanian 1.4%, other 2% (2002)

Religions: Lutheran 19.6%, Orthodox 15.3%, other Christian 1%, other 0.4%, unspecified 63.7% (2006)

GDP (PPP): $38.87 billion       GDP per capita: $19,100 (rank: 56/195)

Information derived from the CIA World Factbook. Other country profiles: BBC News.