|Currency||Latvian lat (LVL)|
|Area||64,589 sq km|
|Population||2,223,000 (October 2009 est.)|
|Language||Latvian (official), Russian (widely spoken, especially in Riga and Daugavpils), English (widely spoken in Riga), other|
|Religion||Lutheran, Catholic, Muslim, Russian Orthodox, Jewish|
|Electricity||220V/50Hz (European plug)|
Latvia (Latvija) is a European state which is situated on the coast of Baltic Sea. One of the three Baltic states, Latvia is bordered by Estonia to the north, Lithuania to the south, Russia to the east, Belarus on the south east, and the Baltic Sea on the west. The most famous travel spot is the capital Riga, a World Heritage Site. There are also many other great places to see, both urban and rural, such as Liepaja with its unique former secret military town of Karosta and a magnificent beach. Kuldiga with Europe`s widest waterfall and Cesis with its medieval castle ruins are also interesting. Tourists can also enjoy the wild beauty of Latvia's unspoilt sea coast, which is 500 km long and consists mainly of white, soft sandy beaches. Forests, which cover approximately a half of Latvia's territory, offer many nature trails and nature parks.