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Everyone who visits Latvia is amazed by how green and natural everything is - how it looks, tastes and feels. With vast forests and spacious plains Latvia well deserves its label as one of the greenest countries in the world. Explore the interactive 360-degree virtual tour to see it yourself!
Latvians love to spend their free time close to nature and many dream of having a country house or at least a small garden where they can escape from everyday life. In summer and autumn Latvians flock to the forests to pick berries and mushrooms. This activity is so popular that Latvia can justifiably be called the nation of mushroom pickers.
As Latvians are keen to reinterpret tradition in a creative light to get the best from traditional elements, digital solutions have helped raise mushroom picking to a new level. Take the Sēnes Latvijā (Mushrooms in Latvia) app as an example. There are more than 300 edible mushroom species in Latvia and the app helps to recognise them.
Need-to-know facts about Latvian nature
Storks. These long-legged birds are easy to spot in Latvia. There are 65 white stork nests per 100km2 – one of the highest concentrations in the whole of Europe and a reflection of how healthy and rich our nature is. Latvians believe that storks bring luck and are happy when a nest is built close to their homes.
The way we celebrate. Nature is close to us in many ways and has an influence on how we celebrate.