Outline of Latvia

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The location of Latvia
An enlargeable map of the Republic of Latvia

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to Latvia:

Latviasovereign country located in the Baltic region of Northern Europe.[1] Latvia is bordered to the north by Estonia (343 km), to the south by Lithuania (588 km), and to the east both by Belarus (141 km) and the Russian Federation (276 km). Across the Baltic Sea to the west lies Sweden. The territory of Latvia covers 64,589 km² and is influenced by a temperate seasonal climate.

The Latvians are a Baltic people closely related to the Lithuanians, with the Latvian language sharing many similarities to Lithuanian. Today the Latvians and Lithuanians are the only surviving members of the Baltic peoples and Baltic languages of the Indo-European family. The modern name of Latvia is thought to originate from the ancient Latvian name Latvji, which may have originated from the word Latve which is a name of the river that presumably flowed through what is now eastern Latvia.[citation needed]

Latvia is a democratic parliamentary republic and is divided into 26 districts. The capital and largest city is Riga. Latvia has been a member of the United Nations since 17 September 1991, of the European Union since 1 May 2004 and of NATO since 29 March 2004.

General reference[edit]

An enlargeable relief map of Latvia

Geography of Latvia[edit]

 Lithuania 576 km
 Estonia 343 km
 Russia 292 km
 Belarus 171 km

Environment of Latvia[edit]

An enlargeable satellite image of Latvia

Natural geographic features of Latvia[edit]

Ecoregions of Latvia[edit]

Administrative divisions of Latvia[edit]

Regions of Latvia[edit]
Main article: Regions of Latvia

(current article is actually about the provinces of Latvia. The new Latvian regions were developed in accordance with EU-standardisation)

Districts of Latvia[edit]
Main article: Districts of Latvia

Subdivisions of Latvia[edit]

Municipalities of Latvia[edit]

Demography of Latvia[edit]

Government and politics of Latvia[edit]

Main article: Government of Latvia and Politics of Latvia

Branches of the government of Latvia[edit]

Main article: Government of Latvia

Executive branch of the government of Latvia[edit]

Legislative branch of the government of Latvia[edit]

Judicial branch of the government of Latvia[edit]

Foreign relations of Latvia[edit]

International organization membership[edit]

The Republic of Latvia is a member of:[1]

Law and order in Latvia[edit]

Main article: Law of Latvia

Military of Latvia[edit]

Main article: Military of Latvia

Local government in Latvia[edit]

History of Latvia[edit]

Main article: History of Latvia, Timeline of the history of Latvia, and Current events of Latvia

Culture of Latvia[edit]

Main article: Culture of Latvia

Art in Latvia[edit]

Sports in Latvia[edit]

Main article: Sports in Latvia

Economy and infrastructure of Latvia[edit]

Main article: Economy of Latvia

Education in Latvia[edit]

Main article: Education in Latvia

See also[edit]

Main article: Latvia

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Latvia". The World Factbook. United States Central Intelligence Agency. July 2, 2009. Retrieved July 23, 2009. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Atlas of Latvia