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Compare all the major car hire brands including Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Sixt and Alamo and find the best prices for car hire in Latvia. Car rental in Latvia includes Theft Waiver (TW), Third Party Liability Insurance and Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) as well as unlimited mileage when you hire with us.

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Introduction
Latvia, the middle of the three Baltic states, is bordered by Estonia to the north and Lithuania to the south. Russia lies to the east, and Belarus to the southeast. The western border is the shoreline of the Baltic Sea. This low-lying country is known for forests and farmland. The total area is 24,938 square miles (64,589 sq km). The country first emerged after World War I, but was annexed by the USSR in 1940. It regained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

Population and language
An estimated 2.3 million people live in Latvia, making this one of the least populous, as well as one of the least densely populated, countries of the European Union.

The population is composed primarily of native Latvians, along with a large number of ethnic Russians. Although under foreign rule between the 13th and 20th centuries, the Latvians managed to keep their indigenous language, music, and culture alive. Latvia is predominantly Lutheran, with a significant Roman Catholic minority concentrated in the southeast.

The official language is Latvian, while about 30% of Latvia's population are native Russian speakers, and it is understood by many Latvians, particularly older generations. English is also widely spoken here for business purposes.

Major cities and tourist destinations
Riga, founded in 1201, is the largest city in the Baltics. Its population is estimated at 730,000. Its Freedom Statue, a popular tourist attraction, is one of the tallest in Europe. Riga also offers a wide range of cultural events and entertainment.

Another large city in Latvia is Leipaja, the city of music on the windy Baltic sea coast. That area is home to the unique former secret military town of Karosta, along with many miles of white sand beaches. Sigulda offers many interesting castles and other historic places to explore. Madona, a small scenic town surrounded by forests and lakes, offers skiing and other winter sports. The city of Ventspils hosts one of busiest ports in Europe. Livu Akvaparks is the biggest water attraction in this part of Europe.

There are significant social and cultural differences between regions. The country is known for its beautiful terrain, and offers several national parks, including Guaja National Park, Ķemeri National Park, Slitere National Park, and Razna National Park.

Climate
Latvia has a temperate, humid climate with wet winters. The country has four pronounced seasons. Winters have average temperatures averaging -6°C, while summers average 19°C. Spring and fall temperatures tend to be mild. Coastal regions have cooler summers and milder winters, while the eastern parts of the country have warmer summers and colder winters. The best time to travel to Latvia is from June to September. Most of the country is composed of rolling hills, fertile plains, and pine forests. There are thousands of rivers and lakes, along with many miles of undeveloped coastline.

Economy
Latvia's GDP is $34.9 billion USD. During the recent financial crisis, Latvia was the hardest hit of the European Union member states. However, since 2010, Latvia has become one of the fastest growing economies of the EU. The country's top industries include agriculture, timber and wood-processing, and manufacturing of electronics and machinery. Yearly exports are valued at $12 billion USD, and imports at $14.8 billion USD. The currency is lats, expected to be replaced by the Euro in 2014.

Transportation
Latvia is very compact, making it easy for travelers to explore the region. There are significant networks of both railways and roadways. The larger cities are well connected by both trains and buses. Car hire is the most popular way to travel throughout Latvia, particularly if you plan to visit several regions during your stay. The country has key ports in Riga and Ventspils. Riga International Airport is the busiest airport in the region; there are also two smaller airports in Riga, known as Spilves and Rumbulas.

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