Riga is located in the coastal lowlands on the banks of the Daugava River, close to its estuary in the Gulf of Riga (an arm of the Baltic Sea).
Riga is the capital of Latvia. The city is a major seaport and a cultural and industrial center. Population (1991 estimate) 897,078.
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The old section of Riga is surrounded by a moat and contains several medieval structures.
Probably founded in the 12th century, Riga was made the seat of the bishop of Livonia in 1201. The city developed into a commercial and craft center, joining the Hanseatic League in 1282.
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