Oguz Kaan Kısa · Feb. 3, 2021
Approximately 50% of the country's space in Latvia is green area. This is one of the highest rates in Europe. It is common that you see a forest near you when you wander around in Latvia. In addition, 10% of the country is occupied by swamps.
Born in Riga in 1831, tailor Jākobs Jufess immigrated to America in 1854. There he took the name Jacob W. Davis and opened his own tailor shop. In 1870, a woman asked Jakob to sew sturdy trousers for her husband, a woodcutter. He also created the first jean fabric trousers. Later, when the demand for this fabric and trousers increased, he decided to apply for a patent. Together with Levi Strauss as its financier, they took the patent under the name Jacob W. Davis and Levi Strauss and Company. These jeans, which we all wear today, are a Latvian invention.
Latvians colonized in Tobago during the Duchy of Kurlandia. And with these events, they became the smallest country that has established a colony. If you wonder "Where is Tobago?", it is an island off Venezuela in South America. In the photo above, you can see the cannons standing in Tobago in memory of that period.
According to a study conducted in 2014, the tallest men in the world are Dutch. The tallest women are in Latvia. The average height of Dutch men is 183 cm. Latvian women are 170 cm.
Venta Waterfall (Ventas Rumba),, is not very high in height, but it is the number 1 in Europe in width. It has a full width of 240 meters.
There is a sweet competition between Latvia and Estonia. One of the funniest examples of this competition is about high places. Latvia's highest point is Gaiziņkalns with an altitude of 312 meters. In Estonia, the highest point is Suur Munamagi with 318 meters. Latvians also built a tower on the Gaiziņkalns hill to surpass Estonia. Later in 2012, they demolished this tower for security reasons.
Latvia is one of the countries that produce the most models in the world when compared to their population. The countries that pass Latvia are Estonia, Iceland, Lithuania and Denmark.
They have been using this flag since 1280. The only flag used older than this is the Danish flag.
In the past, a leader was injured in a battle and they lay him on a white towel. The sides of the towel was covered with blood and the point where the leader's body is located remains white. This is how the Latvian flag is created.
Latvians were caught between Russians and Germans during World War II.They had to choose sides. According to rumors, there were even cases where one of the two brothers was forced to fight on the German side and the Russian side in a family. You have to kill the person attacking you from the opposite side, and the person you shoot may be your brother. It was a difficult time. And in this period, Latvians lost 12.5% of their population. It constitutes one of the highest loss rates in Europe.
Approximately 2 million people live in Latvia, and one third of the population live in the capital,Riga.
Latvia has one of the fastest internet connections in the world. The average speed is 11.9 MB / s in the United States and 11.6 MB / s in the UK, while this average is 13.8 MB / s in Latvia.
The country has 12,000 rivers and 3,000 small and large lakes. It is an ideal location for nature trips, boat tours.
Black Balsam is a drink created with a mixture of 24 types of herbs and has a bit of a pharmaceutical flavor. I don't think everyone will like Tadan, but you wouldn't know without trying.
According to the rumors, the Russian Catherine The Great gets ill one day. Black Balsam cures her illness when they make her drink it. Latvians also use it a lot when they get cold.
The primary sport in Latvia is ice hockey. There are two other such countries in the world. They are Canada and Finland.
Latvian Proto is from the Indo European language family. It was declared as the official language in 1918,one of the oldest languages of Europe.