Which country's capital city occupies both banks of the Daugava River?
Riga is the capital of Latvia and is home to 614,618 inhabitants (2021). It occupies both banks of the Daugava (Western Dvina) River, 9 miles (15 km) above its mouth on the Gulf of Riga.
Riga was founded in 1201 and is a former Hanseatic League member. Riga's historical centre is noted for its Art Nouveau architecture and 19th century wooden architecture.
Riga is one of the key economic and financial centres of the Baltic States. Roughly half of all the jobs in Latvia are in Riga and the city generates more than 50% of Latvia's GDP as well as around half of Latvia's exports. The biggest exporters are in wood products, IT, food and beverage manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, transport and metallurgy.
Latvia, officially known as the Republic of Latvia, is a country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. Latvia covers an area of 64,589 km2 (24,938 sq mi), with a population of 1.9 million. The country has a temperate seasonal climate. Latvians belong to the ethno-linguistic group of the Balts; and speak Latvian, one of the only two surviving Baltic languages. Russians are a prominent minority in the country, at almost a quarter of the population.