Capital: Riga

Population: 1,986,173 (estimated in 2015)

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Official Language: Latvian

Unofficial Languages: Russian, Polish, Ukrainian, Belarusian, and others

Main Religion: Christianity

Ethnic Groups: Latvian, Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, Belarusian, Lithuanian, and others

Largest Cities: Riga, Daugavpils, Vec-Liepāja, Liepāja

Main Sport: Football, Ice Hockey, Basketball

Political System: Parliamentary Democracy

National Holidays (2016):

New Year’s Day (January 1)

Good Friday (March 25) 

Easter Monday (March 28)

Adoption of the Declaration of Independence (May 4)

Midsummer’s Eve (June 23)

Summer Solstice (Jāņi) (June 24)

Latvian National Day (November 18)

Christmas Day (December 25-26)