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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.