🇱🇻 Welcome to Latvia! 🌲
The official language is Latvian, but English is widely spoken, especially in tourist areas.
The national currency is the Euro (€). Credit cards are accepted in most places, but it’s advisable to carry some cash for smaller establishments.
Compared to Western Europe, Latvia has a lower price level, making it an affordable destination for travelers.
The predominant religion in Latvia is Christianity, with a significant Lutheran and Roman Catholic presence.
Latvia is in the Eastern European Time Zone (EET), which is 2 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC+2).
Casual attire is generally acceptable, but modest clothing is recommended when visiting religious sites or formal occasions.
Bargaining is not a common practice in Latvia, except for open-air markets where it may be possible to negotiate prices.
Tap water in Latvia is safe to drink. However, if you prefer bottled water, it is readily available in stores and restaurants.
The electric supply in Latvia operates at 220-230 volts. Type C and Type F plugs are used, so bring an adapter if necessary.
Businesses and shops in Latvia generally operate from 9 am to 6 pm on weekdays, including Fridays.
Latvia celebrates various official holidays throughout the year, including Easter, Christmas, and Independence Day. Some businesses may be closed on these days.
Latvia is a safe country to visit, but as with any travel destination, it’s important to remain vigilant and take standard precautions against petty theft.
Smoking is prohibited in public indoor areas, including restaurants, bars, and public transport. Designated outdoor smoking areas are usually available.
Latvia experiences distinct seasons. Summers are mild with temperatures around 20-25°C (68-77°F), while winters can be cold with temperatures often dropping below freezing.
Transport for Tourists:
Public transportation, including buses, trams, and trains, is well-developed and affordable in Latvia. Taxis are also readily available, but make sure to use licensed services or reputable ride-hailing apps.
🌲 Enjoy your time exploring Latvia’s rich cultural heritage, picturesque landscapes, and warm hospitality! 🇱🇻