Latvia

Learn a little about Lativa - its geography, its capital city, and some interesting facts - and print out the Latvian flag as a colouring page, notebooking pages, bookmarks, jigsaw and more!

The pretty Town Hall Square in Riga, capital city of Latvia
The pretty Town Hall Square in Riga, capital city of Latvia

Learn about Latvia

Geography of Latvia

  • The Republic of Latvia sits between Estonia and Lithuania on the Baltic Sea, sharing a border with Belarus and Russia. It has 2 million citizens.
  • With nearly half its land covered by forest, Latvia is a low, green country. A survey of environmental performance ranked Latvia the world’s second best country in 2012.
  • Europe’s widest rapids, Ventas Rumba, stretch 249 metres with a 100 metre wide waterfall, but is only two metres high.

Capital City, Riga

  • Riga, the capital, is the Baltics biggest city and the European Capital of Culture in 2014. Famed for its  800 art nouveau buildings, it is a World Heritage site.
  • Riga is very cosmopolitan, with a large Russian speaking minority a reminder of the Soviet empire days. German and English are widely spoken.
  • The huge Central Market is one of Europe’s largest. Locals like to buy fish, pickles and sausages here.

Interesting Facts about Latvia

  • Historic Rundale Palace has 138 rooms and looks like Versailles.  It was built by the Empress of Russia in 1736 for the Duke of Courland. The architect of the Winter Palace in St Petersberg imported 1,500 craftsman from Russia!
  • The first Christmas tree is said to have been erected in Town Hall Square in Riga over 500 years ago. Traditionally Latvian Christmas trees are decorated with straw figures.
  • Yellow amber gemstones, known as 'dzintar 'in Latvian, were formed by fossilised pine tree resin. Sometimes you can see prehistoric insects in the stones, which are used for jewellery.
  • Sigulda has the only Bobsleigh track from the former USSR, with Latvians such as the Sics brothers winning Olympic silver medals in Vancouver 2010. The winter sports, cross country skiing and ice hockey, are also popular.

About the Latvian Flag

Latvia Flag Printables

Legend says that the deep red colour on the flag represents blood shed by a wounded Latvian leader, and white represents the cloth used to wrap his bleeding wounds. The flag was officially adopted on 27th February, 1990.


Our Latvia Resources

Latvia Booklet

Latvia Booklet

Our booklets are a great way to consolidate research and learning on a particular country.

Latvia Bookmarks

Latvia Bookmarks

Have you been learning about Latvia? Well print one of these bookmarks! You can also use them to mark countries on a map or in an atlas.

Latvia Colouring Flag

Latvia Colouring Flag

This is a nice easy colouring flag which is perfect for younger children. On the flag of Latvia the top and bottom stripes are dark red and the middle one is white.

Latvia Fact Worksheet

Latvia Fact Worksheet

Test geographical knowledge and location finding skills with this Latvia fact worksheet.

Latvia Flag Printable

Latvia Flag Printable

Here's your opportunity to print the flag of Latvia, a country on the Baltic coast. Use it single sided as bunting or to decorate books, or stick the two sides together for a double sided flag. There are three sizes to print, from the two-per-page illustrated to cocktail-stick size!

Latvia Location Worksheet

Latvia Location Worksheet

Here's a geography worksheet to test location skills. Can the kids find Latvia on our outline map of Europe? We have guided and blank versions available to suit different ages and abilities. 

Latvia Notebooking Page

Latvia Notebooking Page

Make sure your notes about Latvia are in order by setting them out on this notebooking page. Writing goes at the top and pictures at the bottom. If you'd prefer just to write there is a version with just lines for you.

Latvia On Map Of Europe

Latvia On Map Of Europe

We've marked Lativa in red on this map of Europe, so you can print it out and learn all about its size, location, borders etc...

Latvia Worksheet

Latvia Worksheet

Encourage younger kids to do a little geographical research, then record some simple information on this Latvia worksheet. 

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