What do people like (and dislike) about Riga?
When we asked expats and global nomads what they like and dislike about living in Riga, they replied...
"Expats and digital nomads generally like living in Riga, for several reasons. They appreciate the city's rich history and beautiful architecture, which includes a mix of medieval, Art Nouveau, and Soviet-era buildings. The city's compact size and walkability make it easy to explore and navigate, while the efficient public transportation system is also a plus. Riga's relatively low cost of living is another attractive feature for expats and digital nomads, as it allows them to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle without breaking the bank. The city offers a variety of affordable housing options, as well as reasonably priced food, entertainment, and other amenities. The thriving expat community in Riga is another draw, as it provides opportunities for networking, socializing, and making new friends. The city also has a vibrant arts and culture scene, with numerous museums, galleries, and events throughout the year. Riga's location in the heart of the Baltic region makes it an excellent base for exploring nearby countries, such as Estonia, Lithuania, and Finland. The city's international airport offers convenient connections to many European destinations, making it easy for expats and digital nomads to travel for work or leisure. However, there are also some aspects of living in Riga that expats and digital nomads may dislike. The weather can be a significant drawback, as the city experiences cold, dark winters with limited daylight hours. The language barrier can also be challenging, as Latvian is the official language, and not everyone speaks English fluently. However, younger generations and those working in the tourism and service industries are more likely to speak English. Additionally, some expats and digital nomads may find the job market in Riga to be somewhat limited, particularly for those seeking employment in specific industries or fields. Finally, while Riga is generally considered safe, petty crime and pickpocketing can be an issue in some areas, so it's essential to remain vigilant and take necessary precautions," mentioned another expat when asked about moving to Riga, Latvia.
- What should I pack when moving to Riga?
- Where should I setup a bank account in Riga?
- Will I be able to find a job in Riga?
- What is life like in Riga?
- What do expats in Riga appreciate most about the local culture?
- What do expats find most challenging?
- Is there a lot of crime in Riga?
- Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Riga accepting of differences?
- What are the schools in Riga like?
- What are healthcare services like in Riga?
- What are medical services in Riga like?
- Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Riga?
- What are emergency services like in Riga?
- Will I need to travel to see a specialist?
- Are common prescription medications available in Riga?
- How are local medical facilities in Riga?
- As a foreigner living in Riga, will I have access to public healthcare? What is it like?
- What have your experiences during the pandemic with the local healthcare system been like?
What do people like (and dislike) about Riga?If you live in Riga, newcomers to Riga would love to hear your answer to this question: