Latvia

SHORT INFORMATION

Overview of Latvia

Officially name: The Republic of Latvia

Capital: Riga

Largest city: Riga

Official language: Latvian

Government: Parliamentary republic

SHORT INFORMATION

Latvian Political System

According to the Constitution (Satversme), Latvia is a parliamentary republic in which the sovereign power belongs to the people, who are represented by a unicameral parliament (Saeima), with 100 members elected in general, equal, direct, secret and proportional elections for a four-year period.

HOLIDAYS AND TRADITIONS

National Holidays

Festivities to celebrate the New Year begin in the evening of December 31 In recent years, both the President and Prime Minister address the people on national TV. While champagne toasts are common, many Latvian families partake in a variety of traditional rituals to ensure good luck and prosperity in the New Year.