With nearly 700,000 inhabitants, Riga forms the capital of Latvia and is the largest city in the Baltic States metropolitan area. Since its founding in 1150, the different people who have lived there, have left their cultural imprint, which makes the city particularly rich in variety. Moreover, Riga is known for being the political, economic and cultural center of the country and the old town is preserved in a majestic way. The long history of the city can still be seen in some of its architectural structures. Thanks to the many historic buildings and monuments that the city has, it was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997. Beautiful streets, beautiful parks and the proximity to the sea, give the city a special atmosphere.
In terms of population, Latvians and Russians make up the majority of the population, with Ukrainians, Poles and some small ethnic groups.