10 Facts about Latvia

With its unique beauty, Latvia is one of the most intriguing countries in the world. In other articles
we have shared a variety of information about this wonderful country. But in this article, we want to
talk about the interesting and previously unfamiliar features of Latvia. So we will make you look at

Latvia from a different perspective.
1- ) The city of Latgale, where primitive tribes lived in ancient times, Ludza is the oldest city in Latvia.
Ludza, where historical ruins have been found since 1177 BC. It was founded in 1000 by Latgalian
tribes. Today, there are 14 settlements in the city of Ludza from the old history. 25 mounds and 70
tombs were discovered during archaeological excavations. These are only those detected. If some
more research is done, we are confident that more historical remains can be found. Ludza is a
historical and mystical city.

2 – ) Riga Central Market, which is one of the largest markets in Europe with a width of 72,000 square
meters, attracts tourists. It was added to the World Heritage List by UNESCO in 1997. It is protected
by UNESCO from then to the present day. The Riga Central Market, of tourist and historical
importance, is one of the most important landmarks in the city.

3 -) According to the 2017 OECD Digital Economy Outlook Report, mobile internet usage in Latvia
averages 8.2 GB per month. It is the second most mobile internet-enabled country in Europe. This
data shows an increase in 2019. Latvian people often use mobile devices in their daily lives, public
transport and social lives.

4- ) Ventas Rumba, which is the biggest waterfall in Europe with its 249 meter area, is in Kuldiga city.
The waterfall, which is normally 110 meters, rises up to 249 meters in case of flood. Especially in the
winter season, excessive snowfall and melting snow do not cause floods, but it affects the waterfall.
It is a region that receives abundant rainfall in the spring season. The height of the waterfall with a
depth of 2 meters ranges from 1.8 to 2 meters. The most obvious reason for this change is landslide.
Landslide opens holes in the ground at certain intervals. While your feet are on the ground, you can
suddenly exceed your height. The degree of shallowness and depth of water is therefore variable.
That’s why swimming in the waterfall is prohibited. Only monitoring is allowed. In the past, city
dwellers used this waterfall for river crossings. But river use is currently not possible. Erosion caused
by seasonal changes has cut the river and waterfall connection. Rafting is allowed in a safe area of
​​the waterfall. Thousands of tourists visit this waterfall every year.

5- ) Riga International Airport, the largest air traffic center of the Baltic States, covers 45% of the
regional flights. At this airport, 69 airlines in the winter and 20 airlines in the summer organize flights
to 79 different regions.

6 – ) The National Christmas Tree Association officially recognized that the first Christmas tree in Riga
was decorated in 1510.

7 – ) Latvia, half of which is covered with forests, had 1,747 million hectares of forest in 1935. In 2015,
this ratio was 3.356 million hectares. So the forest regions have increased more.

😎 The Riga Circus Building, the only circus in the Baltic countries, is located in Latvia. It is also one of
the oldest buildings in Europe. The circus building is on Merķeļa Street, one of the busiest streets in
the city. This place has become the symbol of Riga and is very important from a historical point of
view.

9- ) Riga Central Market, which was an armored hangar in the past, was transformed with a decision
taken in 1922. Aircraft dropped by the German army in World War I would be kept in this hangar. It
was organized as a market place upon the decision of the government. Vaiņode Air Base in Kurzeme
currently operates as the Riga Central Market.

10- ) The race sled track, built in 1986, 1200 meters – 220 meters long and consisting of 16 sections, is
located in Sigulda city. This track is the only bobsled track in Eastern Europe. It hosts many
competitions. Since it is spread over a very large area, it could not pass over the train tracks.

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