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What to expect when moving to Latvia

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Have you decided to move to Latvia, a beautiful country situated in the north of Europe? That’s such a great choice, considering that Latvia has a great standard and quality of life, with lots of enticing job opportunities, and a very stable economy. My International Movers is the perfect moving company for your relocation to Latvia. We have been handling international relocation to and from anywhere in the world for many years! Our team consists of professional and trained staff, with lots of experience. You will not be disappointed if you choose us for you relocation – here are the moving services we can offer you:

  •        Moving supplies – such as harnesses, plastic wraps, moving boxes, packing materials
  •        Interstate relocation (both residential and corporate)
  •        Long distance car transport (enclosed car transport and exotic car transport)
  •        Packing services – dismantling, reassembling, packing, unpacking etc.
  •        Moving estimates and free quotes – full estimate, auto estimate and quick estimate

.     Ocean freight

.     Air freight

If you would like to learn what to expect once you’ve moved to Latvia, please continue reading our blog!

Some general information about Latvia

Latvia is a beautiful country, situated in the norther part of Europe. Together with Estonia and Lithuania, Latvia is part of the Baltic states. They got their name because of the fact that they all border the Baltic Sea on one of their sides. The capital city of Latvia is Riga, which has approximately 639,000 residents. Back in 2014, Riga was recognized as the European center of culture. According to the latest Census, Latvia has a population of a little less than 2 million residents. The country is also part of the European Union, which is another great convenience. Being part of the European Union means that there are no boundaries or customs between Latvia and other EU member states, which makes it very easy to travel and explore other countries too! Latvia is also part of the monetary union and the official currency is euro, just like the majority of Europe. With a stable economy, Latvia represents one of the best options in Europe for those looking for great employment opportunities.

Here are some of the most interesting things to see in Riga, the capital of Latvia:

  • the Freedom Monument
  • the Riga City Council building
  • the House of the Blackheads
  • Līvu Square
  • the Latvian National Opera

Latvia represents a unitary state. It is currently divided into 110 one-level municipalities and 9 republican cities. Each of these municipalities and republican cities has their own city council and administration: Daugavpils, Jēkabpils, Jelgava, Jūrmala, Liepāja, Rēzekne, Riga, Valmiera, and Ventspils. In total, there are four historical and cultural regions in Latvia, which are Courland, Latgale, Vidzeme, Zemgale. They are all recognised in the Constitution of Latvia.

 

Weather in Latvia

Latvia has a temperate climate, which can be described as both as oceanic climate and a humid continental climate. The coastal regions of the country have more of a maritime climate, and are cooler, due to the influence of the Baltic Sea. The rest of the country enjoys a humid continental climate, just like the majority of other inner European countries. Latvia has all four seasons of the year quite pronounced. They all last the same time approximately.

The population and ethnic makeup of Latvia

Did you know that only 61% of the population of Latvia are actually Latvian residents? Latvia represents a very popular place where people like to move, mostly due to the great standard of life, amazing education opportunities, and overall state of the country. It has been named as one of the cleanest and greenest countries in Europe! Here is the ethnic makeup of the country: 62.1% Latvian, while 26.9% Russians, Belarusians 3.3%, Ukrainians 2.2%, Poles 2.2%, Lithuanians 1.2%, Jews 0.3%, Romani people 0.3%, Germans 0.1%, Estonians 0.1% and others 1.3%. Approximately 290,660 people who live in Latvia are not Latvian citizens.

 

Higher education in Latvia

Are you thinking about moving to Latvia in order to get a higher education? That’s a great choice. Latvia has a highly advanced and developed education system, making it a great choice for families with children of school age, as well as older individuals who wish to enroll on of its many universities. Take a look:

  • University of Daugavpils
  • Latvia University of Agriculture
  • Riga Stradiņš University
  • Riga Technical University
  • University of Latvia
  • University of Liepāja

 

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