About Riga

Riga is the capital of Latvia and the biggest city in the Baltic States. Its population is now estimated at 630,692. The centre of Riga (Old Riga) has kept much cultural and historical evidence till nowadays that is disclosed by narrow streets of the Old Riga built in medieval times which still are covered with medieval pavement. Every guest of Riga can find an interesting way how to study this city. In 2014 Riga received a title to become European Capital of Culture. Riga can be proud of its rich life of culture because every week there are different celebrations of culture, concerts, exhibitions, and festivals.

Study in Riga

If you decide to study in Riga, you get to experience a city with many fellow university students and strong youth culture, but also a city with a well-known tradition of being easy-going. Riga offers a supportive learning environment especially suited to the varied interests and needs of international students. With such high quality, but affordable universities, there is something for everyone. There are numerous offers such as business administration, tourism, communication, and MBA programmes.

Advantages of the Riga

- Riga is a great place for young people due to its low cost of living and vibrant creative scene.

- It boasts excellent museums and art galleries, an active nightlife, and close-by unspoiled nature.

- Riga is also an avid sports city with frequent football, basketball, and ice hockey matches.

- Riga is one of the top ten city matches for 1.1% of Teleport users.

- Food is great. You can find any kind of food very easily in various restaurants and most of the cooks are very worldwide professional.

- In summer you can enjoy your holidays on various beaches. The whole city is covered with the river you can kayak, swimming and etc

- Nightlife is great. All the weekends the clubs and discos will be full of young people while dining places works till 2-3 am.

- Internet speed is very fast. One of the fastest in the world.

Disadvantages of the Riga

- The weather. It is just unexpected. It changes very often.

- Language can be a barrier.

- Real estate can be expensive.


- One of the attractions of the port city Liepaja is a night in jail. The haunting Karosta district offers accommodation in the old military lockup complete with Soviet-style treatment.

- With over 800 Art Nouveau buildings, Riga has one of the world’s greatest galleries of this joyful style.

- Legendary painter Mark Rothko was born in Daugavpils, southeast Latvia, before finding fame in the US.

- Latvia has almost 20 hours of daylight at midsummer, and locals make the most of it by partying outdoors and relaxing in nature.

- Latvian capital boasts are one of the most extensive assortments of pure Aer Nouveau buildings in Europe.

- The oldest housing complex in Riga is a mini timeline of architectural trends. The Three Brothers.

- The Black Cat of Riga.  A black cat protests the City Guild in Riga's Old Town. 

- Castle of Lights.  Latvia's symbolic mountain-shaped national library is home to millions of cultural tomes. 

- Freedom of Monument. The monument was built using funds donated by the residents of Riga. It stands as a memorial to honor soldiers killed during the Latvian War of Independence.

- Jauniela ( New Street). This charming Latvian lane doubled as Baker Street on the Soviet Union’s version of Sherlock Holmes. 

Climate of the Riga

Riga experiences a moderate sea climate with cool winters and mild summers. Precipitation falls throughout the year with a little more precipitation in autumn. Spring is slightly drier than average. In July the mercury rises to 25 degrees Celsius and higher, it is very pleasant. Often there is a storm in the month of August and in September summer ends. Starting at the end of September, the temperature drops quite quickly with the end of October usually the first night with frost.

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