Riga is the capital of the Republic of Latvia and the largest city in the Baltics.
- City charter granted: 1201
- Area: 304 sq. km
- Population (01.07.2013): 695,539
- Language: Latvian
- National currency: Euro (since January 2014)
- Time zone: GMT + 2
- International dialing code: +371
- Political system: Republic; parliamentary democracy
- Member of the EU and NATO since 2004.