Latvia is a democratic and developed country and a member of the European Union. Officially the Republic of Latvia is a country in the Baltic Region of Northern Europe one of three Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania). Latvia is bordered by Estonia, Lithuania, Russia, Belarus as well as a maritime border to the west alongside – Sweden.
Riga is the capital city of Latvia. Its population is approximately 700 000 inhabitants, which constitutes about 1/3 of the total population of the State. Riga is considered the world’s best collection of the Art Nouveau!
Latvia is a unitary state, currently divided into 110 one-level municipalities and 9 republican cities with their own city council and administration: Daugavpils, Jēkabpils, Jelgava, Jūrmala, Liepāja, Rēzekne, Riga, Valmiera, and Ventspils.
Official state language of Latvia is Latvian. A large part of the population of Riga is Russian speaking. Most of the Latvians do understand Russian and English.
Student hotel/hostel : 50-165 EUR
Flat: from 250 EUR
Shared flat: 100 – 200 EUR
Food: 30 – 60 EUR per week
Meal out: 4 – 10EUR
Public transport: 16EUR per month student e-ticket
One way ticket: 1,15 EUR
Taxi 7-15 EUR
Other expenses 100EUR
Living expenses for international students are approximately 350-600 EUR per month.
As of 1 January 2014, Latvia has joined the euro zone. This means that Latvian currency is the euro (EUR)
Latvia has 1 998 000 inhabitants and a territory of 64,589km2.
Latvia has the fifth highest proportion of land covered by forests in the European Union, after Sweden, Finland, Estonia and Slovenia. Forests account for 3,497,000 ha (8,640,000 acres) or 56% of the total land area. Latvia has over 12,500 rivers, which stretch for 38,000 km. There are 2,256 lakes that are bigger than 1 ha.
Biggest cities of Latvia: Riga (Capital city of Latvia), Daugavpils, Liepāja, Jelgava, Jūrmala, Ventspils, Rēzekne, Ogre, Valmiera, Jēkabpils.
The shores of the Baltic Sea in Latvia are 500 km long. The white-sand beaches of the Latvian capital Riga and the seaside resort city of Jurmala in summer are full of life and energy. You can sunbathe, swim in the sea or engage in sports activities at Jurmala beach, or dive into city life after the beach – fine dining in a multitude of restaurants, parties, or perhaps an excellent classical music performance in Dzintari Concert Hall.
The Republic of Latvia was founded on 18 November 1918. However, its de facto independence was interrupted at the outset of World War II. In 1940, the country was forcibly incorporated into the Soviet Union, invaded and occupied by Nazi Germany in 1941, and re-occupied by the Soviets in 1944 to form the Latvian SSR for the next fifty years. The peaceful Singing Revolution, starting in 1987, called for Baltic emancipation of Soviet rule. It ended with the Declaration on the Restoration of Independence of the Republic of Latvia on 4 May 1990 and restoring de facto independence on 21 August 1991.
RIGA – Capital of Latvia. Riga was officially founded in 1201. Riga is located along the Baltic Sea at the southern coast of the Gulf of Riga, on the Rigava
coastal plain. The Historical Centre of Rīga is listed by UNESCO as one of the world’s most important cultural and architectural sites.
Rīga has hosted a NATO summit, a World Ice Hockey Championship, the Eurovision Song Contest, and many other large-scale international
The population of RIGA: The total number of inhabitants within Riga on August 2015 was 696,593 people. Population density
was 2117 people per km². Baltic Sea: The shores of the Baltic Sea in Latvia are 500 km long. The white-sand beaches of the Latvian capital
Riga and the seaside resort city of Jurmala in summer are full of life and energy. You can sunbathe, swim in the sea or engage in sports
activities at Jurmala beach, or dive into city life after the beach – fine dining in a multitude of restaurants, parties, or perhaps an excellent
classical music performance in Dzintari Concert Hall. For more, please visit official Riga site: https://www.liveriga.com
Visitors Reception Centres:
7/9 Kungu Street;
49/53 Brīvības Street;
31 Daugavpils Street;
26 Dzirciema Street;
46 E. Smiļģa Street;
21 Rūpniecības Street.
Toll-free phone number: 80000 8
Phone number for calling police: 110
Police info line for tourists: 67181818
Medical advice workdays from 17pm to 8am, 24 hrs on weekends and holidays: 66016001
Medical emergency: 113
Latvian language courses www.iksd.riga.lv