The language from the land of folklore
Welcome! – Or as they say in Latvia: Laipni lūdzam!
Latvia (Latvija), one of the three Baltic States, borders on Lithuania, Belarus, Russia, Estonia and also has access to the Baltic Sea.
The capital of the republic is Riga. With its 64,589 km², Latvia is a little smaller than Bavaria in terms of its total area. Around 40% of the land is used for agriculture and 46% for forestry. The cool and moderate climate provides a number of wild animals, such as foxes, deer, wolves and stags, with an ideal habitat.
The population is about 1.93 million. Interestingly enough, the proportion of Latvians in the total population is only 62.1%. In second place is the Russian minority (26.9%), followed by Belarusians, Ukrainians, Poles and Lithuanians.
The Latvian language
Latvian, as a Baltic language within the Indo-European language family, is the official language in Latvia and is spoken by two-thirds of Latvia's population as their mother tongue. The second most common language is Russian. It is therefore not surprising that numerous Russian – but also German – loan words have found their way into the Latvian vocabulary. The Latvian alphabet consists of Latin characters.
The relations between Germany and Latvia can be described as very intense, as Germany has contributed to Latvia's EU accession. In addition, Latvia gave Germany the official title of "strategic partner and ally in Europe".
There is an active exchange between the two countries, both on the political level and with regard to culture and science. Within this framework, many partnerships between German and Latvian cities and cultural institutions have been established.
It is by now well known that Latvia is one of the most business-friendly countries in the world. Latvia is considered an attractive business location, especially for start-ups, due to various advantages.
The majority of Latvia's exports are delivered to Germany. Above all, the mechanical engineering, wood and metal processing and textile industries benefit from imports and exports.
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