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Javier Vazquez

"Sharing our expat experiences in Riga was very helpful. Particularly when it comes to setting up your own business here."

Michelle Guillemont

"The idea to conect expats worldwide is not only great, it really works. I met several French-speaking women within the first weeks."

Welcome to Our Community of Expats in Riga

Sveiki and welcome to Riga, the European Capital of Culture 2014. Our InterNations Community aims to support you as you make your way in this art nouveau-filled city and establish your new life as an expat. You have access to a comprehensive online library of advice, guides and insider tips answering questions such as "how do I acquire a visa?" and "which districts would be best for me?". We also invite you to be an active member of our forum where you'll find expats living in Riga ready to share their knowledge and experiences with you and address any other concerns you may have. From questions about the national cuisine to which museums have the best English language exhibits, InterNations is invaluable when relocating to Riga.

With InterNations, you never stand alone. Whether you move to another city or go on a business trip somewhere — our communities are there to make you feel at home wherever you are in the world. Feel free to also check out our other vibrant InterNations Communities like the ones in Vienna or Dakar.

Join Our Exciting Events in Riga

Attend our monthly events and activities for Riga expatriates to get to know like-minded expatriates in real life.

Find More Information in Our Riga Expat Guides

  • Moving to Riga

    Riga is the capital city as well as the economic and cultural hub of Latvia, but still offers a livable and non-metropolitan atmosphere as well as a multicultural heritage. As such, moving to Riga is getting more and more popular. Read on for more info on the city, its climate, and accommodation.
  • Living in Riga

    Riga is not only a cultural center, with interesting architecture and multiple influences, but also a city just a stone’s throw from majestic natural landscapes: living in Riga is a diverse and exciting experience, enriching and adventurous for any expats planning on making Riga their new home!
  • Working in Riga

    Riga, as capital city, is the principal center of business and economy and can offer many opportunities across a wide range of sectors. It is, moreover, an international hub thanks to its harbor on the Baltic see. So get ready for working in Riga and read up on job hunting, work permits and more.

Exchange Tips about living in Riga

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Life in Riga, the City of Culture

Those hoping to escape the chilly Latvian winters will find plenty to fill their time in the numerous museums. Navigation, film, porcelain, foreign art, war, motor, railways, and aviation are just some of the specialist museums and galleries waiting to be explored. When the weather warms up again, you can look forward to a visit to the open air museum of over 100 buildings depicting Latvia's districts and history. Sports fans will find that basketball, hockey, and football are popular in Riga with a particularly successful national basketball team to follow. In the summer, the numerous parks, lakes, and of course the river provide beautiful backdrops to your time in the city. As a key financial and economic center, Riga has a busy job market that is responsible for over 50% of Latvia's GDP. Main industries include exporting of wood, manufacturing, IT, pharmaceuticals and transport, while tourism is also a fast growing industry. Future growth looks promising, English is widely spoken in the business world, and expats with the right experience should find interesting opportunities.

InterNations is the largest global network for expatriates, with communities in 390 cities across the globe. Get to know fellow internationals in your city, before you're moving, or when traveling somewhere and never feel like a stranger. InterNations makes it easy for you to stay in touch with your expat friends, both online and offline, so you can grow your network of friends and contacts from all over the world. Whether they live in Paris or Jakarta, InterNations allows you to be close to them even if they are miles away.

Socializing and Networking with InterNations Groups

When you settle in Riga, our InterNations Groups and Official Events will afford you the opportunities to meet, network and socialize with other expats. Building a circle of friends is an important part of relocation and we encourage you to consider joining one of our groups and share your interests in arts and culture as well as fine dining. You'd like to find other expats in Riga who share your hobbies? Then feel free to create your own group for book lovers, hiking enthusiasts, etc. We know that relocation is both daunting and exciting and with InterNations you have support and reassurance as you build your new life in Riga.

Javier Vazquez

"Sharing our expat experiences in Riga was very helpful. Particularly when it comes to setting up your own business here."

Michelle Guillemont

"The idea to conect expats worldwide is not only great, it really works. I met several French-speaking women within the first weeks."

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