Quality of Life

Latvia offers a full range of services, recreational activities and natural beauty for investors to enjoy. Some highlights:

Modern conveniences
As in any industrialized nation, Latvia has all conveniences that business people and families need, including:

  • Services and amenities: Two international schools and several universities, modern and accessible medical care, complete and high-speed internet and mobile phone access, and efficient transportation services (rail, bus, car rental) across the country.
  • Accessibility: Latvia is easily accessible for business and leisure travel, conveniently located between eastern and Western Europe. Riga International Airport is the largest airport in the Baltics, offering direct flights to over 80 destinations around the world, with low-fare carriers providing reasonable rates.
  • Diplomatic representation: As an active member of the EU, the UN, NATO, OECD and other international organizations, Latvia is fully integrated with Europe and the world. Most large countries have diplomatic representation in the country, with embassies or consulates located in the capital, Riga.

Culture and recreation
With a northern European culture, Latvians have a strong work ethic, taking pride in getting results and are highly motivated—especially given the effects of the recent global economic crisis. Latvians are also diligent in their cultural life, actively supporting and participating in a wide range of activities:

  • Music and dance: Theaters, concert halls and the National Opera provide venues across the country offering a rich array of traditional and modern performances. For a small country, Latvia has produced a seemingly inordinate number of internationally known music performers, including opera singers and musicians. On the national stage, Latvia’s Song Festival takes place every five years (next event in 2023), bringing together thousands of singers and dancers from across the country, performing in huge performances in Riga.
  • History and learning: The country’s rich history reflects events in Europe and gives insights to the Continent’s past. Museums and exhibits in Riga and other cities provide art, artefacts and edifying experiences.
  • Sports: Latvia’s natural environment and man-made facilities offer participation in a full range of sports and physical activities for all ages. Fans can enjoy local and national teams, successfully competing in events as varied as ice hockey, football, track and field, skeleton and bobsledding.
  • Latvia`s centenary: In 2018, Latvia celebrated a hundred years since it became an independent state. With festivities at home and all around the world, Latvia presented the best it can offer in culture, lifestyle and innovation. Celebratory events and festivities are taking place from 2017 to 2021.

City life in Riga
While Latvians take pride in their language and traditions, Latvia is also a physical crossroads between Europe’s east and west, which has led to a unique mosaic of ethnic groups, languages and perspectives that breeds healthy competition and new ideas. As the Baltics’ largest city, Riga is a thriving community with multicultural ties and history:

  • Riga is a World Heritage site: Riga has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. As UNESCO notes, “While retaining its medieval and later urban fabric relatively intact, [Riga] is of outstanding universal value by virtue of the quality and the quantity of its Art Nouveau/Jugendstil architecture, which is unparalleled anywhere in the world, and its 19th century architecture in wood.”
  • Capital of Culture: According to Lonely Planet “after a generous infusion of funds during its reign as European Capital of Culture in 2014, Riga is unrecognisable – chic, lively and over flowing with architectural gems – reclaiming its rightful title as the cosmopolitan cornerstone of the Baltic”.

Nature’s beauty
Blessed with hundreds of kilometres of white sandy coastline, countless rivers and lakes, Latvia has a breath-taking landscape that has preserved its natural beauty. Most of the country’s territory is covered by forests, and half of the country is made up of largely untouched natural ecosystems. This inheritance has also been carefully preserved making Latvia the perfect place for ecotourism and ethical travel. In the meantime, the untouched natural landscape peacefully coexists with lively Latvian cities and rich culture.

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