HONORARY CONSULATE OF LATVIA
IN ANTALYA,BURDUR,ISPARTA,DENIZLI,MUGLA REGIONS OF TURKEY
REPUBLIC OF LATVIA / LATVIJAS REPUBLIKA
The Republic of Latvia was founded in 1918 on the coast of the Baltic Sea, in a territory that has been home to the Latvian language and culture for thousands of years. Latvia consists of fertile lowland plains and moderate hills, with most of its territory situated around 100m above sea level. The country has vast forested areas,an extensive network of rivers, thousands of lakes, and hundreds of kilometers of seashore, lined with pine forests, dunes, and white sandy beaches. The country’s strategic location between Scandinavia and Russia has made it an international crossroad for trade,commerce, and cultural exchange since ancient times.
Latvia is in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. It is bordered to the north by Estonia (343 km), to the south by Lithuania (588 km), to the east by the Russian Federation (276 km), and to the southeast by Belarus (141 km). Across the Baltic Sea to the west lies Sweden. The territory of Latvia covers 64,589 km2 (24,938 sq mi) and it has a temperate seasonal climate. Click here to read about Regions of Latvia
Latvian language belongs to the Balt group of the IndoEuropean family of languages. Its only linguistic relative is Lithuanian, considered to be among the oldest and least changed of all living Indo-European languages. It is estimated that 1.5 million people worldwide use Latvian as their primary language. English and Russian are widely spoken throughout Latvia, while German,French, and the Scandinavian languages are also frequently heard.
Latvia is a unitary democratic, parliamentary republic. Legislative power lies in the hands of a single chamber,the Saeima, which has 100 deputies. Parliamentary elections are held every 4 years. Latvia’s head of state, the President, is elected by the Saeima for a period of 4 years. There is universal suffrage for Latvian citizens over the age of 18.
Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)
Official language: Latviana
Capital : Riga
Time Zone: EET (UTC+2)
Summer : (DST)EEST (UTC+3)
Drives : on the right
The name "Latvija" comes from the ancient Latgallians, one of Indo-European Baltic tribes who along with Couronians, Selonians and Semigallians formed the Latvian people of today. The Republic of Latvia, founded on November 18, 1918, is named after Latvians.
Declared : 18 November 1918
Recognised: 26 January 1921
Soviet Occupation: 5 August 1940
Nazi German Occupation : 10 July 1941
Soviet re-Occupation: 1944
Announced Independence : 4 May 1990
Restored Independence: 21 August 1991
Joined the European Union: 1 May 2004
HONARARY CONSULATE IN ANTALYA