Latgale is a region in the Southeast of Latvia. It is the second largest region by area (14,549 km2) which is approximately one fifth if the total territory of Latvia. Approximately 300 thousand people inhabits the region.
Latgale is at the outer edge of the European Union, it has a common border with the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus. To the South it also has a border with Lithuania, which is another EU country.
Three major transportation corridors cross through Latgale that provides a direct connection to the neighboring business centers.
The closest international airports are in Vilnius, Riga and Kaunas. The current infrastructure supports the development of a regional airport in Daugavpils County.
In 2007. Latvia joined the Schengen Agreement, which erased the need for inner borders for land, sea and air travel.
When a person receives a residency permit in Latvia it provides the opportunity to freely travel through all countries in the Schengen Agreement.
There are 14 cities in Latgale, two of which are of regional importance (Daugavpils and Rezekne). The largest cities in Latgale are: Daugavpils (population ~100k); Rezekne (population ~30k); Kraslava (population 9k).
Latgale has a large untapped potential for tourist attractions – water attractions are plentiful (especially lakes), scenic rural areas, bountiful forests which are freely accessible by the public.
The security for the whole region is assured by the membership in NATO and the European Union. On 1 January 2014, Latvia adopted Euro as its national currency.