The Enmar shipbuilding yard is located at a longitude of 56°57’ E and a latitude of 24°6’ N on the Baltic Sea coast, at a convenient distance from the international airport and not far from the yacht harbour.
Latvia has long been renowned as a major shipping nation. Thanks to its advantageous geographical position, Latvia has always been an object of interest for the great empires. This was best summed up in the 17th century by Tsar Peter the Great, who described Latvia’s ports as "Russia’s window to Europe". Latvians have always been viewed as impressive seafarers – no less dangerous than the Scandinavian Vikings.
Today Latvia is a promising, dynamic, and rapidly growing country. Accession to NATO and the EU confirms Latvia’s place at the heart of European and Transatlantic values.
Throughout the history, the readiness to work and desire to do their job properly has been the best characteristic of Latvians.
Latvia is the country of the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania). On the world map Latvia is to be found in north-eastern Europe, on the east coast of the Baltic Sea.
Latvia borders Estonia, Russia, Belarus, and Lithuania. It is situated on trading cross-roads and has long since served as a bridge between Western Europe and Russia. The famous “route from the Vikings to the Greeks”, mentioned in ancient chronicles, stretched from Scandinavia through the Latvian territory along the Daugava River to the ancient Russia and Byzantine Empire.
The Republic of Latvia was founded in 1918, on land along the Baltic Sea that has been home to the Latvian language and culture for thousands of years: already since the 9th millenary B.C.
The country that we call Latvia today has long attracted foreigners: at first, invaders of all kinds and later travellers and adventure seekers. For example, since the 1830s, the region surrounding the city of Sigulda has been called the "Switzerland of Vidzeme" by German travellers who compared the sandstone banks of the old Gauja River valley with those of the river Elbe in Saxony.
Unfortunately, in the 20th century Latvia suffered through two world wars, and from 1940 until 1991 it was occupied and isolated behind the Iron Curtain by the Soviet Union. As a result, Latvia has been relegated to a "blank spot" on modern European and world tourist maps. Today, this largely unknown land is waiting to be discovered, ready to be revealed as the colourful mosaic that is Latvia.
Latvia is among the few countries left in the world where natural ecosystems, largely untouched by man, still thrive in half of its territory. It is a land where nature and tradition have coexisted in harmony from time immemorial, where forests, marshes, lakes and rivers have developed over the centuries at their own pace with minimal human interference and where pristine sandy beaches stretch for 200 km.
The sea and coastal zone, which stretches 497 kilometres along the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Riga, is an important part of the Latvian landscape. Sand dunes of up to 36 meters, sandy beaches, rivers and their estuaries, forests, marshes and lakes form a continuous ecosystem that has developed as a result of the interaction between the land and sea.
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SEAFARING IN LATVIA
A favorable geographical position and numerous waterways encouraged the development of shipping in the territory of Latvia. The Baltic Sea, the Gulf of Rīga, the Daugava, the Venta, the Gauja and the Lielupe rivers fostered transit trade, which led to the growth of towns and ports, as well as shipbuilding. Navigation in the territory of present-day Latvia started with people settling down permanently along the Baltic Sea and the largest rivers. The Baltic Sea not only provided work and sustenance for the people on its shores but also lured the Latvians to venture to distant countries, making their name known in the world. Already in the 17th century, in Duke Jacob's time, Kurzeme possessed two colonies: St. Andrew's Island in Africa, at the mouth of the Gambia River, and Tobago Island in Central America, south of the Little Antilles.
Today Latvia’s three major ports are Ventspils, Rīga and Liepāja. Ventspils is one of the busiest ports in the Baltic Sea region and is among the leading European ports in terms of cargo turnover. (Discover more at www.transport.lv) In addition to its three major ports, Latvia has seven smaller ones : Salacgrīva, Skulte, Lielupe, Engure, Mērsrags, Roja and Pāvilosta. These are all fishing ports which, after the restoration of Latvia's independence, became engaged in international transshipping and sea tourism.
Riga’s long and rich history dating back more than 800 years is reflected in its architecture, which exhibits all the styles characteristic of Northern Europe from Gothic to modernism, but the city is best known as a citadel of Art Nouveau. In individual areas of Riga, one can still find the old wooden style of building which is a unique phenomenon in the 21st century. Thanks to these architectural values, in 1997 Riga’s historic centre was included in the UNESCO world cultural and natural heritage list.
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