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64 589 km square
Kurzeme, Latgale, Vidzeme and Zemgale
2 023 825 (2013)
Latvia locates in North-Eastern Europe, where is called Baltic Region. Latvia has a border with Baltic Sea (531 km), Belarus (141 km), Estonia (339 km), Lithuania (453 km) and Russia (217 km). Latvia is famous for its natural environment such as its numerous lakes, rivers and forests.
In 2004, Latvia joined the NATO and EU.
The flag of Latvia is one of the oldest flag in Europe. Its history comes from a battle against Estonian tribes near the Latvian town of Cesis in the 13th Century. According to one legend, it originated from a white sheet used to carry a mortally wounded Latvian tribal chief from the battlefield. Soaked with his blood on two sides, his soldiers hoisted the warrior’s sheet as a banner as it led them to victory.
The Coat of Arms:
The National Coat of Arms of Latvia was made after independent Republic of Latvia was proclaimed on November 18, 1918. It was adopted on June 16, 1921. It symbolizes Latvia’s independent statehood. All figures in the Coat of Arms are the symbols of ancient historical districts.
The National Anthem:
Translation of Latvia’s national anthem, “Dievs, svēti Latviju!” is “God bless Latvia”. The anthem is written by Kārlis Baumanis in the second half of the 19th century. The distinction of this anthem is, in its lyrics, there is no mention about war, national struggle or victory, but it describes young men singing, young girls blossom and where they desire to dance together. Additionally, it was the first song that the word, ‘Latvia’ used in a song.
The official Language is Latvian. Latvian Language belongs to Indo-European family of languages. It is considered one of the oldest languages of this family. It is a non-Slavic and non-Germanic language, similar only to Lithuanian. These two languages form the Baltic language group. Additionally, the percentage of Russian language speaking people are 97 %, English speaking people 56 %, German speaking people 10 %.
Some important phrases:
How are you?
My name is…
Mans vards ir…
How much is…?
What is your name?
Kā tevi sauc?
What time is it?
Cik ir pulkstenis?
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal)
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle)
Water (0.33 liter bottle)
Milk (regular), (1 liter)
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g)
Rice (white), (1kg)
Local Cheese (1kg))
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg)
Lettuce (1 head)
Water (1.5 liter bottle)
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range)
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle)
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro)
One-way Ticket (Local Transport)
Student Ticket (Local Transport)
Monthly Pass (Regular Price)
Monthly Pass for Students (Regular Price)
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff)
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff)
Gasoline (1 liter)
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans)
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend)
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar)
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...)
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre