Republic of Latvia

The Republic of Latvia is a country in the middle of the Baltic states, located in North-eastern Europe and on the east coast of the Baltic Sea.

Latvia is bordered to the north by Estonia, to the south by Lithuania, to the east by the Russian Federation, to the southeast by Belarus and it shares a maritime border with Sweden to the west.

Latvia has a population of 1.9 million people as of 2019 and a territory of 64,589 km2 (24,938 sq mi). Almost half of the total land area is covered by forests along with an extensive network of rivers, thousands of lakes and hundreds of kilometres of white sand coastline. In 2019 Latvia ranked as the 2nd greenest country in the European Union.

Latvia’s capital is Riga, which is the biggest city in the Baltic states and is well-known for its Art Nouveau architecture and wooden buildings.

The official language is Latvian, which is considered one of the oldest languages in Europe. Latvia is a member state of the European Union, NATO and part of the Schengen Area since 2004 joining Eurozone in 2014.

In 2018 Latvia celebrated its centenary.

About Latvia 

Ministry of Culture

Latvian Culture Data Portal


Culture Institutions

Latvian National Centre for Culture

State Culture Capital Foundation

Art Academies

Latvian Academy of Culture

Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music

Art Academy of Latvia


Latvian National Opera and Ballet 

Latvian National Symphony Orchestra

State Academic Choir „Latvija” 

Latvijas Koncerti 

Latvian Radio Choir

State Chamber Orchestra „Sinfonietta Rīga”

Latvian Radio Big Band

Liepāja Symphony Orchestra 

Baltic Chamber Orchestra „Kremerata Baltica” 

Latvian Music Information Centre 

Latvian National Recording Company “Skani” 


Latvian National Theatre 

Dailes Theatre 

New Riga Theatre 

Mikhail Chekhov Riga Russian Theatre 

Daugavpils Theatre 

Valmiera Drama Theatre 

Latvian Puppet Theatre 

New Theatre Institute of Latvia


Latvian Dance Information Centre 

Golden Foundation of Latvian Stage Dance 


Riga Circus 


International Writers’ and Translators’ House 

Latvian Literature 


National Film Centre of Latvia

Latvian Film Portal 

Visual Arts

Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art

Contemporary Art Centre „Kim?” 

RIXC Center for New Media Culture 

The Artists’ Union of Latvia


Latvian Association of Architects


Latvian Designers’ Society 

Creative Industries

Investment and Development Agency of Latvia

Creative Industries Platform "Fold"

Creativity Week "radi!" 

Folk Art

Nationwide Latvian Song and Dance Celebration

Digital Archives of Latvian Folklore 

Folk Costume for Everyone

Archives, Libraries, National Heritage

National Archives of Latvia 

National Library of Latvia

Latvian Library Portal 

National Heritage Board 

Latvian National Encyclopedia 


Latvian National Museum of Art

Latvian National History Museum 

Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation 

Rundāle Palace Museum 

Turaida Museum Reserve 

Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Latvia 

Associaton of Memorial Museums

Museum of Literature and Music 

Joint Catalogue of the National Holdings of Museums 

National Projects

Latvia's Centenary 

Latvian Culture Canon 

Latvian School Bag 

Latvian ABC

Legal Digital Content “Ņem Droši!” 

Landscape Treasures