Essential Information on Riga
Latvia is small, flat and largely boggy. It is sandwiched between its Baltic neighbours Lithuania and Estonia. It packs a lot in though: starting with Riga, the vibrant coastal capital, then moving on to fairytale castles, scenic river valleys and sandy beaches.
Latvia has been subject to continuous foreign rule from Germanic tribes to German occupation to a harsh Soviet occupation. In 1991 Latvia got its independence from the USSR and began to look towards Europe. Latvia joined the EU in 2004 and since then there's a lot going on. Riga, being the capital of the country, hosts plenty of festivals (Go Blonde Parade), major dance and musical (Riga Salsa Festival), cultural (International Film Festival) and political (G8 Summit) events.
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