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Official name: Republic of Latvia

Political system: Parliamentary Democracy

The head of the state: President

Legislature: One-chamber parliament

Geographical location: in the Eastern Europe

Capital: Riga - 713 thousand people

Major cities: Daugavpils, Liepaja, Jelgava, Jurmala

Official language: Latvian

Religions: Lutherans, Catholics, Orthodox

Climate: temperate, transitional from sea to continental

Average temperature: -4,5°С in February; +15,8°С in July

Monetary unit: Euro (EUR) (c 01.01.2014)

Telephone country code: 371

International country code: LVA

Internet domain: .lv

National holidays: November, 18th - the Republic of Latvia Foundation Day (1918)

Major tourist sights: Riga: Historical centre is included in the UNESKO list due to the middle-aged building-up (Old City), wooden architecture of XIX century (Kalntsiema street block) and ugenstyle architecture which is known as ART NOUVEAU style or modern style. Old City: Dome Cathedral (XIII в.), St. Yakov Church (XIII в.), St. Yan Church (XIII в.), Riga Castle (XIV в.), Sts. Peter and Paul Church (XVIII в.); Big and Small guilds, Chernogolovye's House, Cats' House. Museums: Dome Cathedral, Arts Museum "Riga Broker's Board" (opened after reconstruction in 2011), Latvia National Arts Museum (opened after reconstruction May 5, 2016), Design and Decorative Art Museum, Riga History and Navigation Museum, Latvia National History Museum, Albert Street и modern apartment-museum, Vintage Cars Museum (under reconstruction till 2016), Open-air Ethnografic Museum. Jurmala: "Dzintari" Concert hall (reconstruction finished in 2015), Jurmala Open-air Museum, "Kemeri" National Park, Rundalsky Palace-park complex, designed by Rastrelli architect, (restoration finished in 2015), Gauya - National park; Sigulda: Turaydsky Museum-preserve (XIII-XIV cc.), Gutmanya Cave, Middle-aged Castle and New Palace; Ligatne: Ligatne Paper manufacture village, Natural paths; Tsesis: Old City and Palace (XIII-XVI cc.) Liepaja: St/ Trinity Church (XVIII в.), Naval Port (Karosta): St. Nicolas Naval Cathedral, Jail-museum, Northern breakwater

Sea Leisure: Jurmala, Saulkrasty, Liepaja, Ventspils

Resorts: Jurmala, Liepaja

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