Latvia is a country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. It is bordered by Estonia to the north, by Lithuania to the south, by the Russian Federation to the east, and by Belarus to the southeast. Across the Baltic Sea lies Sweden. The territory of Latvia covers 64,589 km2 and it has a temperate seasonal climate. The capital and the biggest city is Riga with 706,413 inhabitants. It is also the largest city of the Baltic states and 3rd largest in the Baltic region, just after Saint Petersburg and Stockholm.
Latvia’s surface is mainly lowland. The highest point is Gaizinkalns hill with an elevation of 311 meters. There are more than 12.000 rivers in Latvia. The largest are the Daugava, Lielupe, Gauja and Venta. The country has over 3.000 lakes.
The capital city of Latvia is Riga which is very interesting for tourists. For lots of tourists Baltic coast is here interesting as well. The most famous tourist resort on the Baltic Sea is a town of Jurmala, situated about 20 km from Riga. Be sure to visit the beautiful Latvian countryside with beautiful pine and mixed forests. The center of Riga is full of historical buildings.
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