Travel to Latvia
Latvia, officially the Republic of Latvia is a country in Northern Europe in the Baltic region. It 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.
Capital – Riga
Official languages – Latvian
Area (total) - 64,589 km²
Population - 2,270,700 (December 2007)
Currency - Lats (Ls) (LVL)
President – Valdis Zatlers
Regions in Latvia
Latvia is divided into several historical and cultural regions.
Zemgale, also known under Latinized names Semigalia or Semigallia is an historical region of Latvia, sometimes also including a part of Lithuania. The region takes its name from the Baltic people known as Semigallians. Zemgale lies left of the Daugava River and borders Selonia, Lithuania, and Courland.
Within Latvia, Zemgale has the status of one of 4 cultural regions. It lies in the middle of the southern part of the Republic of Latvia, and consists of Bauska, Dobele, and Jelgava counties. The land is mostly flat. …