After we know we got assigned to work in Latvia, we started to shake just from imagining the cold that makes there. Then we wondered: Where exactly is Latvia?!
Well, Latvia is a country in the Baltic region of northern Europe, one of the three Baltic states. It is bordered by Estonia, Lithuania, Russia and Belarus as well as a maritime border to the west alongside Sweden (cool, huh?).
Here’s the you-need-to-know-stuff about Latvia:
- Capital Riga;
- Belongs to the European Union;
- Official language Latvian (then Russian, then English);
- Population 1.973.700 (which will be 702 soon!);
- Calling code +371;
- Currency Euro (since 2014);
- Time Zone UTC +2 (and on the summer time +3);
- Area 64.589 km² (which makes Latvia the 124th biggest country in the world – whaaaaaaat?!);
- Religion Christianity (79%)
Here’s some cool intel we found about Latvia:
- Since we’re from Portugal, we’re not used to very low temperatures, so as you can imagine, finding out that weeks before our arrival it was -26ºC was a shocker. And we kept digging about the temperatures and here’s what we’ve found out: the highest temperature ever happened on August 4th, 2014 with 37.8ºC (100ºF) and the lowest temperature EVER happened on February 8th, 1956 with -43.2ºC (-46ºF).
- Hipsterism considered Riga to have the most hipster neighborhood in the world in 2014;
- 5th fastest speed in the world also belongs to Latvia between Hong Kong and the Netherlands;
- Latvian people do not accept money in their hands when paying – well, not all people – but they do have a special place to drop the money for the exchange;
- The modern jeans were invented by Jākobs Jufess, a Latvian-Jewish tailor, and American immigrant;
- The girls in Latvia are so pretty then it’s highly likely for you to walk aside a fashion model while in Latvia, why? Because they have the highest rates of fashion models per capita in the world.