The origin of the word Rīga is disputed. Some claim that it is a borrowing from Livonian ringa (“loop”), referring to the ancient natural harbor formed by the tributary loop of the Daugava river. Others consider it a form of Riege, the German name of the Rīdzene, a tributary of the Daugava river. Others yet derive it from rija (“threshing barn”), the j becoming a g in German (note that English geographer Richard Hakluyt calls the city Rie in 1589, and that German historian Dionysius Fabricius confirms in 1610 the origin of Rīga from rija).
Rīga f (4th declension)
- Riga, the capital city of Latvia
- Rīgas vēsturiskais centrs — the historic center of Riga
- Rīgas dzelzceļa stacija — Riga railway station
- Rīga ir galvenais industriālais, darījumu, kultūras, sporta un finanšsu centrs Baltijā — Riga is the main industrial, business, cultural, sports and financial center in the Baltics