Riga, the capital of Latvian, is located in the center of the Baltic States. Its longitude and latitude are 56 degrees 58 minutes 0 seconds north latitude, 24 degrees 8 minutes 0 seconds east longitude, 56.9666, close to Riga Bay. Its urban area crosses both banks of the gawa River and is 15 kilometers north of the Baltic Sea. Riga's geographical location is very important. It is located at the intersection of Western and Eastern Europe, Russia and Scandinavia. Its port has important strategic significance, known as "the beating heart of the Baltic Sea" and "Paris of the north". Because Riga is close to rivers and lakes, it is also called "three rivers and one lake". Three rivers refer to daogawa River, leluba River and city canal, and one lake refers to Jishi lake. It covers an area of 307 square kilometers. Old city and new city are added to the ancient capital. The old city is on the right bank of the daojiawa river. It has a small area and is surrounded by canals. The old city has the characteristics of a medieval city, with low houses, narrow streets, red tiles on the roof, and a shining metal rooster, hyacinth, on each roof. The new urban area has a strong modern flavor, with spacious and tidy streets, spectacular buildings, fountains, memorial statues and sculptures everywhere. The main attractions are: dome church, St. John's church, Riga City Hall Square, etc. Basic information total population: (2010) 706000 metropolitan area: 1148003 (Metro pop of 2003) time zone: (UTC + 2) summer time: (UTC + 3)
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Riga Port (Port Code: LVRIX) is a large size port on the east coast of the Baltic Sea, located in Riga, the capital of Latvia. It stretched for 15 kilometers along both banks of the Daugava within the city limits, the area of the port is 1962 ha, water area - 6348 hectares. Navigation is carried out year-round. Most of the cargo turnover is made up of transit cargoes from and to CIS. The main cargos handling are coal, oil products, timber, fertilizer and container cargoes. The port is specialized in imports. At the beginning of the 2000s, the goods arriving at the Riga port amounted to 70 percent of the incoming freight turnover of all the Latvian ports taken together.
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