Latvia

Capital Riga

Population 1,961,600

Area 64,559 km2

Key facts

Latvia is a member state of the European Union located in Northern Europe. There are 4 countries (Belarus, Estonia, Lithuania, Russian Federation) that Latvia shares its borders with. The official language of Latvia is Latvian. Although English is not the official language, a large number of people in Latvia are fluent English speakers.

In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, Latvia was ranked 26th out of 100 countries in 2021.

The national currency in Latvia is Euro (EUR). The euro (€) is subdivided into 100 cent (c).

With today's currency rate, 1 USD is worth 1.02 EUR.

Latvian
Banknotes

€5€10€20€50€100€200€500

Latvian
Coins

€1€25c10c20c50c1c2c

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Latvia is 156.8 Mbps and mobile is 71.15 Mbs.The global average is 139.19 Mbps and 77.74 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density When compared to the world average, Latvia has more ATMs.57.39 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 41.24.

SIM Registration You can buy a SIM card in Latvia without having to register it with your ID or passport.

Socket types

There are 2 socket types used in Latvia. Type C is a popular socket type throughout Europe (except the United Kingdom), Russia, and certain Asian countries.

Type C 230 V, 50 Hz  Type F 230 V, 50 Hz  

The sockets' shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Public holidays

In the year 2022, Latvia will celebrate 14 national public holidays. The next one Proclamation Day of the Republic of Latvia will take place on November 18.

DateHoliday name
January 1, 2022New Year's DayJaunais Gads
April 15, 2022Moving holidayGood FridayLielā Piektdiena
April 17, 2022Moving holidayEaster SundayLieldienas
April 18, 2022Moving holidayEaster MondayOtrās Lieldienas
May 1, 2022Labour DayDarba svētki
May 4, 2022Restoration of Independence dayLatvijas Republikas Neatkarības atjaunošanas diena
May 8, 2022Moving holidayMother's dayMātes diena
June 23, 2022Midsummer EveLīgo Diena
June 24, 2022Midsummer DayJāņi
November 18, 2022Proclamation Day of the Republic of LatviaLatvijas Republikas proklamēšanas diena
December 24, 2022Christmas EveZiemassvētku vakars
December 25, 2022Christmas DayZiemassvētki
December 26, 2022St. Stephen's DayOtrie Ziemassvētki
December 31, 2022New Year's EveVecgada vakars

Food & Hotels

What hotel chains are present in Latvia?

There are no Mariott hotels in Latvia.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in Latvia.

There are no IHG hotels in Latvia.

There are no Best Western hotels in Latvia.

There are Radisson hotels in Riga.

The Accor hotel chain operates in Latvia.

What fast food chains are present in Latvia?

Latke are some of the most well-known delicacies to come out of Latvia. If none of these foods appeal to you, check out the list of fast-food restaurants in Latvia below.

The McDonald's chain operates in Latvia.

The KFC chain operates in Latvia.

The Burger King chain does not operate in Latvia.

The Subway chain operates in Latvia.

The Domino's Pizza chain does not operate in Latvia.

The Starbucks chain does not operate in Latvia.

Weather

Today the sun in Riga, rises at 7:33 AM and sets at 6:50 PM. The climate of Riga may be categorized as a Humid continental (Dfb), according to Koppen's classification system.
TodayOct 5RainLow: 7.9°C (46.22°F)High: 13.6°C (56.48°F)
ThursdayOct 6OvercastLow: 10.1°C (50.18°F)High: 16.2°C (61.16°F)
FridayOct 7OvercastLow: 9.1°C (48.38°F)High: 16.3°C (61.34°F)
SaturdayOct 8OvercastLow: 6.7°C (44.06°F)High: 15.4°C (59.72°F)
SundayOct 9OvercastLow: 7°C (44.6°F)High: 13.1°C (55.58°F)
MondayOct 10OvercastLow: 5.7°C (42.26°F)High: 13.1°C (55.58°F)

Weather data for Riga (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are passenger trains operating between some cities.

Subway Systems There is no subway system in any city.

Taxi Apps Uber is not available in Latvia. You can use Bolt in 9 cities.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt , Hertz are all available in Latvia.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 5.9, Latvia is placed 25th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Latvia traffic is right-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  678.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2020.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 8.10 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.71.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 1: Exercise normal precautions. 

Emergency phones in Latvia

112 Police
112 Ambulance
112 Fire police

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Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is forbidden in all public indoor locations, with limited exceptions.

Cananbis legality Both recreational and medicinal use of cannabis is prohibited.

Individuals below the age of 18 are not permitted to have a tobacco or alcoholic beverage allowance.

Alcohol allowance

Travellers from EU countries:

  • 90L of still wine (60L of sparkling wine)
  • 110L of beer
  • 10L of alcoholic beverages stronger than 22%
  • 20L of fortified or sparkling wine or other liqueurs up to 22%.

Travellers from non-EU countries:

  • 4L of wine
  • 16L of beer
  • 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume

Tobacco allowance

Travellers from EU countries:

  • 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco

Travellers from non-EU countries:

Your tobacco allowance is determined on your form of transportation. If you are travelling by air:
  • 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco
If you are NOT travelling by air:
  • 40 cigarettes or 20 cigarillos or 10 cigars or 50g of tobacco

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Visa

What are visa requirements to enter Latvia?

Currently, citizens of 92 countries can enter Latvia without obtaining a visa. This figure includes nationals who can acquire a visa on arrival.

Use the list below to check visa requirements for your country to enter Latvia.

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