Latvia – etiquette and culture guide

Latvia – etiquette and culture guide

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Facts and Statistics

Location: Eastern Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea, between Estonia and Lithuania
Capital: Riga
Climate: maritime; wet, moderate winters
Population: 2,259,810 (July 2007 est.)
Ethnic Make-up: Latvian 57.7%, Russian 29.6%, Belarusian 4.1%, Ukrainian 2.7%, Polish 2.5%, Lithuanian 1.4%, other 2% (2002)
Religions: Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Russian Orthodox
Government: parliamentary democracy

Language in Latvia

The official language of Latvia is Latvian, which belongs to the Baltic language group of the Indo-European language family. Another notable language of Latvia is the nearly extinct Livonian language of Baltic-Finnic sub-branch of Uralic language family, which enjoys protection by law. The Latgalian language (a dialect of Latvian) is also protected by Latvian law as historical variation of Latvian language. Russian is by far the most widespread minority language.

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