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If you’re wondering how to navigate the challenges of life abroad, you’re not alone. Join InterNations and connect with a community of like-minded expats in Latvia! You’ll find many ways to network, socialize, and make new international friends.

Don’t miss a variety of welcoming online and in-person events. Join groups to pursue your hobbies — from sports to music, there’s something for everyone With InterNations, you’ll quickly feel at home wherever life takes you.

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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.

Employment in Riga

Local Economy

The city of Riga contributes over half of Latvia’s GDP and is also a significant economic hub for all of the Baltic States. Along with Riga’s cultural accolades, the city also was also declared “Smart City” by the New Economy Magazine in 2014, thanks to its economic growth.

One of Riga’s smaller but still remarkable accomplishments is offering free WIFI throughout the city. Tourism is a growing industry in Riga, with trade accounting for about a fifth of their economy, followed by transport, and manufacturing. The large port and its location on the Daugava River makes it an ideal location for imports and exports. While employment rates are high, salaries are still relatively low, so if you are interested in working in Riga, don’t expect to earn more than you currently do at home.

Job Hunting in Riga

For young people looking for employment in Riga, there are plenty of opportunities to work as English-speaking Au Pairs in the city. However, looking for professional work in Riga is not easy because of the language barrier in the country. Though the number of international businesses throughout the city is growing, there are still relatively few opportunities for English-speaking professionals. As always, teaching English is an option. If you can secure an English teaching position with a Latvian employer, it is standard for them to include accommodation in the terms of the contract, which makes moving to the country easier. Some good websites for finding English teaching jobs are ESL Employment and ESL Café .

Volunteering in Riga is another option, and you can find opportunities through the European Voluntary Service. Some of these volunteering positions will require you to pay for the experience, which will usually cover your board and at least one or two meals a day.

Visa and Residence Permits for Latvia

In order to stay in Riga for more than 90 days, people who are not in the European Union require a residence permit. The residence permit is not specific to working in Riga, but also covers students and volunteers in the country.

In order to apply for a residence permit, you need to provide proof of valid health insurance and a health certificate issued by a healthcare institution in Riga, stating that you do not suffer from tuberculosis. Other requirements for the visa application vary depending on your country of origin. These may include proof of an address in Riga and a letter of invitation from your employer, or the institute where you will be studying. You can apply for a residence permit once you are living in Riga, but should do so before your 90-day visa expires.

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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.

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