Riga

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Riga
Rīga
City
From top, left to right: the Freedom Monument, the Riga City Council building, the House of the Blackheads, Līvu Square, and the Latvian National Opera
From top, left to right: the Freedom Monument, the Riga City Council building, the House of the Blackheads, Līvu Square, and the Latvian National Opera
Flag of Riga
Flag
Coat of arms of Riga
Coat of arms
Riga is located in Latvia
Riga
Riga
Location of Riga in Latvia
Coordinates: 56°56′56″N 24°6′23″E / 56.94889°N 24.10639°E / 56.94889; 24.10639Coordinates: 56°56′56″N 24°6′23″E / 56.94889°N 24.10639°E / 56.94889; 24.10639
Country Latvia
Government[1]
 • TypeCity council
 • MayorNils Ušakovs
Area (2002)[2]
 • City324 km2 (125 sq mi)
 • Land275.5 km2 (106.4 sq mi)
 • Water48.50 km2 (18.73 sq mi)  15.8%
 • Metro10,133 km2 (3,912 sq mi)
Population (2017)[3]
 • City641,423
 • Density2,000/km2 (5,100/sq mi)
 • Metro[4]1,070,201
 • Metro density101.4/km2 (263/sq mi)
 • DemonymRīdzinieki
Ethnicity (2016)[5]
 • Latvians46.2%
 • Russians37.7%
 • Belarusians3.9%
 • Ukrainians3.5%
 • Poles1.8%
 • Lithuanians0.8%
 • Romanies0.1%
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Calling codes66 and 67
GDP(nominal)2012
 - Total€12($15) billion[6]
 - Per capita€18,000($21,000)
Websitewww.riga.lv
Historic Centre of Riga
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Edificios en la Plaza del Mercado, Riga, Letonia, 2012-08-07, DD 02.JPG
The old town of Riga
CriteriaCultural: i, ii
Reference852
Inscription1997 (21st Session)
Area438.3 ha
Buffer zone1,574.2 ha

Riga is the capital city of the European country of Latvia. Riga is on river Daugava near the Baltic Sea.

The mayor of Riga is Nils Ušakovs.

History[change | change source]

Riga was founded in 1201. Since 1918 Riga has been the capital city of Latvia.

People[change | change source]

Most of the people are Latvian (45%) and 40% are Russian.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Riga City Council". Riga City Council. Retrieved 22 July 2009.
  2. "Riga in Figures". Riga City Council. Retrieved 2 August 2007.
  3. "Table RESIDENT POPULATION BY STATISTICAL REGION, CITY AND COUNTY Riga city". csb.gov.lv. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  4. https://www.geo.lu.lv/fileadmin/user_upload/lu_portal/projekti/gzzf/Konferences/EGEA/Krisjane_Zira_Rigas_aglomeracija.pdf#page=10
  5. "Table ISG191. RESIDENT POPULATION BY ETHNICITY AND BY STATISTICAL REGION AND CITY AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR 2015". csb.gov.lv. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  6. "2.1. Gross Domestic Product – Stratēģijas Uzraudzības Sistēma". sus.lv.

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