Living

Living in a city belonging to Baltic States, particularly Riga is a perfect alternative for those who want to experience a European way of living. However, before you carry that luggage, you might want to first know more about the city’s way of living.

Portray of the Destination

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Located on the Baltic Sea shore, Riga is the largest city of the Baltic States constituting the main cultural, political, trade and industrial center in that region. Historically, the transportation infrastructure of this city –consisting of a port, an international airport, and railway and roads networks- has contributed to its development. In addition to its commercial significance, Riga is a cultural city.

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Regarding architecture, it houses buildings in remarkable Gothic, Baroque, Classicism and Art Nouveau styles, which are reflected mainly in churches and museums. Furthermore, it was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. As the principal center of education and science in the Baltic States, Riga organizes many cultural events, exhibitions, scientific conferences, and music festivals ranging from the classical music to rock. All these features make of Riga a marvelous eclectic city.

Climate

As Riga is close to the sea, the climate tends to be fairly warm and prone to humidity. The winter months are generally warm but there is a high possibility that snow will be apparent between the months of December and March. The average temperature in July is 16.9ºC (62.4ºF) and in January is 4.7ºC (40.5ºF).

Currency

1 Lat (LVL/ Ls) is divided into 100 santīmu (singular: santīms). There are coins of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 santīmu, and 1, 2 lati.

Prices

Prices of goods in Riga are relatively cheap and reasonable. It is important that you think about the price of goods, especially if bargaining because it may seem like you are getting a really good deal when in fact you are being ripped off.

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Public Transport

The public transport system is conformed to buses, trams, trolley buses, and taxis running daily from 5:30 am to 11:30 pm. During nighttime, tram and trolley bus services are available once an hour and taxis’ fares are increased. Within the city there are 39 bus routes that charge 0.2 LS per ticket, per journey which can be purchased from the conductor. There are also trolley bus routes that run throughout the city which charge the same price as normal buses and can be purchased from the conductor. Another mode of public transport within Riga are trams which charge 0.2 LS per journey. The last form of public transport is the mini bus which is handy if you prefer faster and more comfortable modes of transport.