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We asked expats and digital nomads what they find the most challenging about the local culture in Riga. They wrote...

"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, Latvia.

"Expats in Riga often find the language barrier to be the most challenging aspect of the local culture. As Latvian is the official language, many locals do not speak English, making it difficult for expats to communicate and integrate into the local community. Additionally, the local culture is quite conservative, and expats may find it difficult to adjust to the more traditional values and customs. Finally, the weather in Riga can be quite extreme, with cold winters and hot summers, which can be a challenge for expats who are not used to such temperatures," wrote a member who made the move to Riga, Latvia.

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