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

"Expats often face many challenges when living in a foreign country, such as a lack of local language knowledge, cultural and social differences, difficulty in navigating a foreign bureaucracy, adjusting to unfamiliar customs, problems finding suitable housing and employment, managing the paperwork, connecting with locals or other expats, and dealing with homesickness," mentioned another expat when asked about moving to Latvia.

"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," commented one expat who made the move to Latvia.

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