Pros and Cons of Living in Latvia
Last updated on Sep 23, 2022
Summary: Take off your rose-colored glasses and learn what expats and digital nomads have to say about the pros and cons of living in Latvia.
What do expats in Latvia appreciate most about the local culture?
"The Latvian culture is beautiful and interesting - as are the people. I appreciate that most Latvians work in Riga (or other city) and then immediately disappear to the woods in their other homes to be out in nature. They are fine, decent people. They sort of just keep to themselves, like most Europeans, and this can be seen by us Americans as being stand-offish or even rude," remarked another in Latvia.
"The people can be a bit sour, but considering their history, I can't blame them. That said, the country itself with its nature and scenery should be promoted more by their government because it's really special," explained one expat.
What do expats find most challenging?
"The most challenging thing here is the language - if you learn it. I only speak English here and have never once had a problem. Latvians have been more than happy to accommodate. Also, being from a place that doesn't get much bad weather, I found it very difficult in winter. The temps and snow were fine, but often times the weather goes from snowy and below freezing to just above freezing and rainy. This makes walking around slippery and scary," explained one expat living in Latvia.
"The languages. They're tough. This winter was very cold/snowy but being a Minnesota girl, just took a few weeks to remember this is what I grew up in even though I'd done the last 4.5 years in the tropics! It was beautiful too even with the mounds of snow. Just dress warm," said another expat in Riga.
About the Author
Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.
Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.