Riga is the capital city of Latvia – the biggest Latvian speaking city in the world. With a metropolitan population of about 1 000 000, Riga is the biggest city in the Baltic countries and the geographical centre of the Baltic region.
Riga is one of the oldest cities on the Baltic Sea. Due to its geographical location on the Baltic Sea, Riga has been an important centre of trade, finance and culture for centuries. In its 800 years of existence, Riga has borrowed much from Germany, Poland, Sweden, the Netherlands and other countries in terms of crafts, social life, education and culture.
Riga has unique medieval architecture of later periods, an urban structure, richness and quality of Art Nouveau architecture, and 19th-century wooden architecture. The historical heart of Riga – Old Riga, and the central parts of the city are on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Riga hosts large international cultural festivals, conferences, and mass sports events every year. The rich history of Riga, its architecture, spacious parks, exquisite museums, art galleries, opera and cosy cafes, restaurants and pubs makes it attractive to tens of thousands of tourists monthly.
Good to know:
- Since 2014, the national currency in Latvia has been the EURO
- Time zone of Riga, Latvia is GMT +3
- Official language is Latvian, although most of the population knows English and/or Russian
- Country code is +371; there are no regional phone codes in the country
- We use continental electricity sockets just like the rest of the EU
- Since 2007, Latvia has been part of the Schengen Zone, so the same VISA rules apply to travel to other EU countries
- The most comprehensive taxi service available in Riga is Bolt
- Emergency number in Latvia is 112. The average time to answer a 112 call is 7 seconds
- Smoking is only allowed in designated places
- Free-of-charge WiFi is available in most of the public spaces in Riga
Useful information about Riga:
Info on Covid-19 Measures – https://www.liveriga.com/en/visit/about-riga/info-on-covid-19-measures
Public Transportation – https://www.liveriga.com/en/visit/about-riga/getting-around/public-transportation
Tourist Information Centres – https://www.liveriga.com/en/visit/about-riga/tourist-information-centres-1