Latvia

SHORT INFORMATION

The regions of Latvia

Latvia lies at the crossroads where east meets west on the shores of the Baltic Sea. At the beginning of 2003, the population of Latvia stood at just under two and a half million and its territory covered 64 589 km².

FOOD AND BEVERAGES

Drinking tea in Latvia

In Latvia, ancient rustic wisdom dictates that the leaves and grasses used for herbal tea be picked when the fields are in bloom, shortly before Midsummer\'s Eve, right after the dew dries on a clear, sunny morning, and left to dry for two weeks in a cool, dark, and draughty place.

SHORT INFORMATION

Overview of Latvia

Officially name: The Republic of Latvia

Capital: Riga

Largest city: Riga

Official language: Latvian

Government: Parliamentary republic