Relocation

Moving To Latvia: Māra & Daniele’s Story

Māra is a Latvian who identifies herself as a third culture kid. Daniele is Italian. They met while working in Brussels and now call Latvia their home. Our entire conversation was in Latvian, it’s taken Daniele just one year to learnt it fluently. Kudos! We spoke about the practical and emotional aspects of moving to […]

How To Register Your Business In Latvia

Step 1: Find somewhere else to register your business. Step 2: Avoid bureaucracy and headaches. If you really have to register your business here in Latvia, then the most important bit of advice I can give you is: Get a lawyer, and brace yourself for the paperwork. (No, we cannot recommend you a lawyer, so […]

Useful Addresses In Riga: For Renovating Your Home

Renovating a property in Rīga? You’ll find there are a whole host of massive hardware stores for pretty much everything, as well as smaller specialist shops for articles like sink fittings and paint. If you live out of town and don’t have access to a bricks and mortar store, there are also a number of […]

Buying Property In Latvia

Buying property in Latvia. Or things that I’ve learned while trying to find my ideal property in Riga and buying it. No one property purchase is ever quite the same and purchase agreements vary greatly, so be advised this is not a foolproof guide! However, I do believe this information will come in handy to […]

The Weather In Latvia

There is a wonderful phrase in Scotland that we use when it’s cold. When the wind blows a howling gale through the streets, when the rain lashes down and when the temperature dips below zero, as it so often does in winter. “It’s absolutely Baltic today” It was a phrase that I would often use, […]

Neighbourhoods in Riga: Ziepniekkalns, Pļavnieki, Avoti

Three Riga locals share their insights on what life’s like in the neighbourhoods of Ziepniekkalns, Pļavnieki and Avoti. Excellent for anyone planning to move to Riga or a new place in the city. Ziepniekkalns (image source: Serzhanja) Ziepniekkalns lies on the left bank of the river Daugava, close to the city’s southern border. The area […]

Seeing A Doctor In Riga

There are many excellent Latvian doctors, but sadly the low pay and archaic health care system seems to fail them, so our young talent is increasingly being poached by Germany, Norway and other countries that can offer better working conditions. No doubt affected by this trend, as well as other factors like inadequate pensions, the […]

Schools In Riga

If you’re moving to Riga with your kids in tow, you’ll want to know a bit about the local school scene before deciding on “the right one”. Schools in Riga are very different so you might not want to just settle for the one closest to your new home. The first consideration should be whether […]

Moving to Latvia – A Checklist & Simple Process

I moved to Latvia from the UK (Scotland specifically) a few months ago, and I felt a few points in the process were worth noting for people who are thinking about doing the same. This guide should help those who feel they would like to relocate to Latvia. It’s not a post to convince you […]