If you’re into exploring ancient cities, then you’re on the right page. When you visit Latvia, you’re stepping on grounds that were inhabited since 9000 BC. Holy moly, how amazing is this!
But before we explore all the fascinating attractions of the city, let me share some insider info on the Latvian lifestyle.
Oh yes, and don’t forget there are some travel tips further down, like average travel costs to work out your travel budget, and a fabulous self-catering accommodation spot!
Let’s dive in!
Therefore, you will seldom find a Latvian who has not sung in a choir or some other group either as a child or an adult. The Latvian folk song (“daina”) is one of the distinguishing features of Latvian culture.
The Latvian Song and Dance Festival is one of the largest amateur choral and dance events in the world and is an important event in Latvian culture and social life. As one of the Baltic song festivals, it has been on the UNESCO List of Oral Intangible Heritage of Mankind since 2008.
Latvia lies in Eastern Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea, between Estonia and Lithuania. The capital city is the charming Riga.
Although the official language of Latvia is Latvian, fluency in English is a requirement for anybody wishing to work in the tourist industry. The younger people are more likely to speak English, and English is quite widely spoken in Riga.
Maritime; wet, moderate winters. Check out the annual weather averages (January to December) for Riga Airport, which is 9 km from Riga.
Summertime, until October 30: EEST (UTC +3)
On this day Latvians set their clocks back one hour when DST ends.
Check out holidays and observances in Latvia from January 1 to December 31.
It is not unusual to find more than one generation in the family home, providing emotional and financial support for each other. Subsequently, as parents age, they usually are taken care of by their children. A respectful way of giving back to their elderly parents who they recognize for their wisdom.
In situations where adult children move elsewhere to work, they tend to go home for holidays.
In general, Latvians expect the eldest person, or a person of the most senior position, to make decisions that are in the best interest of the group.