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  • 1. LATVIA
  • 2. NAME AND CAPITAL
  • 3. NAME AND CAPITAL <ul><li>The capital of Latvia is Riga: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>is the largest city of the Baltic states. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>one of the largest cities in Northern Europe. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>is considered a global city. </li></ul></ul>
  • 4. Year of entry in the EU <ul><li>independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 </li></ul><ul><li>EU: 2004 </li></ul>
  • 5. Political system <ul><li>Latvia is a unicameral parliamentary representative democratic republic. </li></ul><ul><li>The unicameral parliament of 100 seats Latvia, the Saeima, is elected by direct voteevery four years and popular.  </li></ul><ul><li>The election for President were held separately in the Saeima also every four years. </li></ul>
  • 6. Political system <ul><li>People's Party of Latvia (Tautas Partija) </li></ul><ul><li>  Party of the New Era ( Jaunais laiks, JL) </li></ul><ul><li>Union of Greens and Farmers (Zaļo un Zemnieku Savienība ) </li></ul>
  • 7. Total area <ul><li>65.000 km2 </li></ul><ul><li>Coastline: 531 km </li></ul><ul><li>Elevation extremes: - lowest point:  Baltic Sea 0m </li></ul><ul><li>-highest point: </li></ul><ul><li>Gaiziņkalns,312 m </li></ul>
  • 8. Population <ul><li>Latvia has a population of 2,254,653 people. </li></ul><ul><li>The Latvian-born population is just over half the population of the country and is a minority inRiga, the capital. Other groups include ethnic Russians (27.6%), Belarusian, Ukrainian, Lithuanian and Polish. </li></ul><ul><li>The population growth is the lowest in the world (-1.5% annually). </li></ul>
  • 9. Population <ul><li>Most extended belief is Christianity, divided among the following churches: </li></ul><ul><li>Latvian Orthodox Church (35%), Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church (25%), Catholic(20%), with no affiliation (15%), Jewish community (3%), a small number of Muslims (1%), beliefs pagan and spiritualist (1%) </li></ul>
  • 10. CURRENCY <ul><li>The Latvian Lat (LVL) is the official currency of Latvia </li></ul><ul><li>The Lat was first introduced in 1922 when it replaced the Latvian ruble </li></ul>
  • 11. CURRENCY <ul><li>A reversion to the Lat as the official currency took place in 1993, when Latvia regained its independence. </li></ul><ul><li>It has been recently speculated that Latvia will adopt the Euro sometime around the year 2008. </li></ul>
  • 12. Official language
  • 13. Food and Drink
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  • 16. Traditions The four most popular holidays are Christmas, New Year, Easter and Jāņi (summer solstice) <ul><li>The last one is the most significant one: </li></ul><ul><li>Most Latvians celebrate it in the open field </li></ul><ul><li>The evening light a huge bonfire on the top of a hill </li></ul><ul><li>Special Jāņi food </li></ul><ul><li>Girls and boys are decorated </li></ul><ul><li>Traditional songs. </li></ul>
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  • 18. Music and anthem <ul><li>Highlights traditional folk songs. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-99VOCqTcU </li></ul><ul><li>A rock opera </li></ul><ul><li>Rock & roll bands http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEzhmYA6iyk&feature=related </li></ul><ul><li>Latvia won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2002 with the song &quot;I Want&quot; by Marie N </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBRWcn9mFrU </li></ul><ul><li>The anthem </li></ul><ul><li>The national anthem &quot;Dievs, Sveti Latviju&quot; (&quot;God bless Latvia!&quot;) Was officially proclaimed Latvia's national anthem in 1920, but also played an important role in leading to Latvia's independence in 1918. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxjdcvraOSM </li></ul>
  • 19. Geographical features <ul><li>Is located in northeastern Europe </li></ul><ul><ul><li>North: Estonia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>South: Lithuania </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>East: Russia and Belarus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>West: Baltic Sea </li></ul></ul>
  • 20. Weather <ul><li>The medium annual temperature in Latvia is among the 4.3 ° C and 6.5 ° C. </li></ul><ul><li>July, the warmest month of the year, the temperature varies between 16.3 ° C to 17.1 ° C, and in February, the coldest month between -3.5 ° C and -7.6 ° C. </li></ul><ul><li>The medium rainfall are from 568 </li></ul><ul><li>mm per year, the highest rainfall </li></ul><ul><li>fall at the end of summer, autumn </li></ul><ul><li>and winter. </li></ul>
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