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Riga ranks 72nd in number of biographies on Pantheon, behind Dallas, Pittsburgh, and Zagreb. Memorable people born in Riga include Sergei Eisenstein, Wilhelm Ostwald, and Mikhail Tal. Memorable people who died in Riga include Jānis Lūsis, Kim Ki-duk, and Albert of Riga. Riga has been the birth place of many politicians and soccer players and the death place of many writers and composers. Riga is located in Latvia.

Riga is the capital of Latvia and is home to 614,618 inhabitants (2021), which is a third of Latvia's population. Being significantly larger than other cities of Latvia, Riga is the country's primate city. It is also the largest city in the three Baltic states and is home to one tenth of the three Baltic states' combined population. The city lies on the Gulf of Riga at the mouth of the Daugava river where it meets the Baltic Sea. Riga's territory covers 307.17 km2 (118.60 sq mi) and lies 1–10 m above sea level, on a flat and sandy plain. Read more on Wikipedia

Between 1745 and 1997, Riga was the birth place of 110 globally memorable people, including Sergei Eisenstein, Wilhelm Ostwald, and Mikhail Tal. Additionaly, 31 globally memorable people have passed away in Riga including Jānis Lūsis, Kim Ki-duk, and Albert of Riga.

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Most individuals born in present day Riga were politicians (24), soccer players (9), writers (8), hockey players (8), and actors (6),  while most who died were writers (9), composers (4), politicians (4), athletes (2), and film directors (2).

Over the past 100 years, politicians have been the top profession of globally memorable people born in Riga, including Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, Guntis Ulmanis, and Egils Levits. Whereas, throughout history, politicians have been the profession with the most memorable people born in present day Riga, including Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, Guntis Ulmanis, and Egils Levits.

Below is a visual represetation of the lifespans of the top 25 globally memorable people born in Riga since 1700.