• Capital: Rige
  • Form of government: Republic
  • Area: 64,589 km2
  • Religion: Lutheran, Catholic and Orthodox
  • Phone number: +371
  • Language: Latvia
  • Time difference: 0


There are several flights from Helsinki to Latvia every day. The route is operated by Finnish airlines, e.g. Finnair and Finncomm Airlines and Latvia Air from Latvia. Air Baltic has flights to Rige from Tampere, Turku, Oulu and Lappeenranta. Finnair also has flights from Helsinki to Ridge.


Estonia has a nationwide bus network. Goes to all major cities and they can be reached by bus. 



Embassy of Finland, Rige Address: Court 4, 15180 – Tel. +371 6103 200  – Website: www.finland.lva

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Latvia essentials


Gauja National Park

Location: Amata, Cēsis, Inčukalns, Krimulda, Līgatne, Pārgauja and Sigulda regions. How to get in Sigulda

Occupying a territory of 1 745 hectares, this magnificent nature resort protects the valley of Gauda river. One third of all Latvian natural preserves and more than 500 cultural and historical monuments can be found here. Among the attractions are e.g.  the vertical wind tunnel Aerodium, the Gūtmans Cave and Ligatne nature trails. A visitor can easily hike, cycle and spend time in overnight accommodations. A must-hike for an outdoorsy person.


Cēsis Castle

Location: Cēsis. Bus connection from Riga.

As an ancient fortress belonging to the Livonian Brothers of the Sword, this castle is one of the most remarkable sites of Baltic history. It is situated in the beautiful countryside of the Vidzeme region, where its construction began in 1209. It consists the Cēsis History Museum and Cēsu Alus, Latvia’s oldest brewery in its granary. The Cēsis Castle park was laid out in 1812 and has the romantic characteristic of that time, with its winding footpaths, exotic plants, and the water of the pond reflecting the castle ruins. One of the towers is open for tourists nowadays.

Kissa talo - Riika

Cat House

Location: 10 Meistaru iela, Riga

This Art Nouveau house was built in 1909 and it is famous for its angry-looking cat statues on the turret rooftops.

Legend tells that the owner of the house wanted the cats to be placed with their tails turned towards the House of The Great Guild nearby, because the guild refused to accept his membership. It was later ordered that the cats should be turned to face the guild house.

Riga Old town

Vecrīga (Riga Old Town)

This historical heart of Riga, located on the east bank of Daugava River, is a beautiful site for promenades and for feeling that “old atmosphere”. Notable attractions include the Riga Cathedral and the Gothic St. Peter’s Church.

Jurmala ranta


Location: 25 kilometres west of Riga. Commuter rail connection from Riga.

Since the Soviet regime, Jūrmala has been known as a luxury-class beach resort.

The city has approx. 56,000 residents and it is located between the Gulf of Riga and the Lielupe River.

The area offers a visitor an about 33 kilometres long beach belt with white quartz sands and beautiful views towards to the Baltic Sea.

For a visitor looking for chance to hike and raise their adrenaline level, the Ķemeri National Park offers its services. This is the pearl of the Baltic coast and suitable for many kinds of activities.



Location: Kurzeme region. Train and bus connections from Riga.

This port town has a population of appr. 75,000 and it is known as “The city where the wind is born”, because of the constant sea breeze.

It houses several music festivals and is culturally rich.

Notable attractions are the Blue Flag level sandbeach, the Karosta neigbourhood with Czar-era mansions and the Seaside Park.

Mark Rothko artcenter

Mark Rothko Art Centre

Location: Mihaila iela 3, Daugavpils. Train and bus connections from Riga.

This multi-functional institute has been constructed to preserve the memory of American-Latvian painter Mark Rothko and his artwork. The exhibition consist of Rothko’s works, reproductions, a digital exposition of his life, a video hall, the Rothko Silent Room and works from other Latvian and European artists. The facility also offers residences for artists.


Mazã Pils

Location: Riga

This alley has three remarkable neighbouring buildings on the street numbers 17, 19 and 21.

These three houses are known as the “Three Brothers” (Trīs brāļi) and they form the oldest complex of dwelling houses in Riga. The number 17 is oldest, constructed in late 15th century. The neighbouring house, 19 Maza Pils Street, has an exterior dating from 1646, with a stone portal added in 1746 displaying Manneristic influences.

The 21 Mazã Pils is a Baroque building is from the late 1600s. There is also a couzy Parunasim kafe’teeka café on the street.

Photo: Samuel Jr



Location: Smilšu iela, Riga

This peaceful park located on the hill was formed in the 19th century after the disassembly of city bastions. On the one side of Bastejkalns is the Liberty Monument, while on the other the Blaumanis sculpture. Dividing the Old Town from the Central District with the Freedom Monument in the middle, Bastejkalns itself is divided by the winding Pilsetas Canal with its lovely bridges.

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