- The first Christmas tree was decorated in Latvia, in 1510
The most well-known of Christmas traditions – decorating the Christmas tree – has its origins in Riga, Latvia.
- The Venta waterfall (Ventas rumba) is the widest waterfall in Europe
Widest Waterfall Europe Raami The waterfall is 249m wide and located in Kuldiga (Latvia). An interesting phenomenon can be observed near the waterfall in spring and autumn when spawning fish try to get over the waterfall by jumping through the air.
- Latvian is one of the oldest European languages
Latvian is one of the most archaic/oldest European languages and it has conserved many features of the over 5,000-year-old Proto-Indo-European, which is the ancestral language to all European languages. There is also a strong similarity between many words in Latvian and in Sanskrit (the sacred language of Hinduism and Buddhism).
- Latvia has the 5th fastest internet speed in the world, ranking between Hong Kong and the Netherlands
Showing a large amount of growth in all sectors, Latvia takes the number one spot in East Europe with an average Internet speed of 13Mbps. What makes it even better – most of the hotels, cafeterias and even parks have free wi-fi.
- Latvia holds one of the largest song and dance festivals in the world
Latvian Song and Dance Festival Raami With over 40,000 (!) participants, it is recognized by UNESCO as World-class culture phenomena, while choir singers and conductors are celebrities in Latvia. Latvia also has one of the largest collections of traditional folk songs in the world, numbering over 300,000.