The International Club of DC with the cooperation of the Embassy of Latvia and His Excellency Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Maris Selga, the Latvian Ambassador to the United States, cordially request the pleasure of your company for the rare delight of an evening a the Embassy of Latvia to discover Latvian culture along with a dinner buffet feast of Latvian delicacies!
An Enchanting Evening of Latvian Culture
Embassy of Latvia to the United States
The intimate and beautiful setting of the Latvian Embassy provides the perfect setting for you to discover Latvia through all your senses while meeting the Ambassador, distinguished diplomats and staff at the embassy along with ICDC members in attendance.
In 2020 Latvia will be marking 100 years since our first Parliament was created and the first president was elected. Latvia will also mark 30 since the recovery of our independence as well as 100 years since the adoption of the Latvian national anthem. We look forward to celebrating Latvian culture and history with you!
Tasting of Riga Black Balsam
Riga Black Balsam is a traditional Latvian balsam made with many different natural ingredients. In the crafting process Riga Black Balsam is made using unique single-barrel infusion technology. Botanicals are infused in spirit-water mix to create a so called "Riga Black Balsam essence."
The dinner buffet of Latvian delicacies will be presented with limited seating. The dinner reception also includes wine and drinks served at the bar.
Please make your reservations soon, as space is very limited and the event is expected to sell out in advance.
The Republic of Latvia was founded on November 18, 1918 and reestablished its independence in 1990/91. Latvia celebrated 100 years in 2018. Latvia is larger than many European countries such Croatia, Slovakia, Estonia, Denmark, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Slovenia, Luxembourg and Malta. It's a Northern European country nestled between Estonia and Lithuania on the shore of the Baltic Sea, also known as the Amber Sea. The territory of Latvia (24,900 square miles) is inhabited by ~ 2 million people, which puts Latvia among the smaller European countries in terms of population. The largest ethnic group are Latvians (~ 62%), followed by Russians (~25.4%) and other national minorities such as Ukrainians, Belarusians, Estonians, Lithuanians, Polish and many others. The Latvian language is the sole official language and it is one of the most ancient European languages. Together with Lithuanian, Latvian forms the Baltic branch of the Indo-European group of languages.
Riga - the capital
Latvia is an open economy and part of the single largest common market in the world. In 2014, Latvia joined the common European currency - the euro. In 2016, Latvia joined the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Latvia is among the fastest growing economies in the European Union.
Latvia is one of Europe's most picturesque countries with 12,310 rivers and over 3,000 lakes with many opportunities for boating and hiking and just enjoying the outdoors. There are many small medieval towns, country castles, museums and folk parks to be visited. Although Latvia occupies only a small territory, the variety of its nature is large. Along picturesque riverbanks the uncovered basic strata form cliffs and crags in which the water has carved caves. Numerous lakes sparkle at the bottom of hills. The forests covering almost half of the territory and waters are full of wildlife.
* Please note that the Ambassador of Latvia is expected to be present to welcome you to the embassy. Due to the nature of official diplomatic duties, the Ambassador's schedule is subject to change without notice. In the event the Ambassador is called away due to diplomatic duties, the Deputy Chief of Mission or other high ranking official from the Embassy will welcome you to the embassy.