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99 FACTS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT LATVIA: THE SPECIAL 99TH INDEPENDENCE DAY 3-PART SERIES – PART III

#61 Only the Lithuanian language has similarities to the Latvian language. No other language in the world is similar. Latvian and Lithuanian languages come from the Baltic branch if we are looking at the language tree.

#62 The iconic Freedom Monument in Riga was built in 1935. It is 42 meters high and was built from citizens’ donations.

#63 Vestards Simkus is one of the best new time piano players in the world.

99 FACTS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT LATVIA: THE SPECIAL 99TH INDEPENDENCE DAY 3-PART SERIES – PART II.

#31 All people from Latvia could comfortably fit in a 40ha huge area. The Old Town of Riga is only 94 ha.

#32 There is a very popular ring in Latvia called the ‘Namejs Ring’ that many Latvians still wear. The legend says that King Namejs had this ring made to be able to identify members of his tribe at a glance. These rings still exist today.

#33 The highest hill in the country is “Gaizins”. It is only 312m high.

#34 “Irbene Radio Astronomy Center” is the world’s eighth largest radio telescope. During the Soviet times it was called “The Starlet” and was used to spy on Western adversaries. Now it’s used by astronomers for scientific purposes.

#35 Latvians love to joke about Lithuanians by calling them “horseheads”. Don’t worry, Lithuanians call us the same and no one knows how it all started.

99 Facts you didn’t know about Latvia: The Special 99th Independence Day 3-Part series. Part 1.

99 years ago, the Independence of Latvia was proclaimed on the 18th of November at the Latvian National Theatre. Today, it is still an important date for every Latvian. It’s a public holiday and there are various events taking place across the country throughout the day. In Riga, the celebration begins on the first half of the day with a parade and laying of flowers at the Freedom Monument. In the evening, the celebration continues with concerts and other events and it ends with amazing fireworks over the Daugava River. Public transport is free of charge in Riga on the 18th of November.

A week before, a parade of the National Armed Forces takes place in the afternoon at the 11th November Embankment. To celebrate Latvia’s 99 birthday, What To See In Latvia is excited to present 99 facts about Latvia divided into three parts for every November weekend until the 18th of November.

Here are the first 30: