Immigration to Latvia

In last couple of years Latvia is become very popular for as it is becoming a window to Europe for those who are trying to find heapest way to get residence permit in EU and seek living in northern part of Europe as it demands high class of living standarts.

Where is Latvia?

Latvia is situated on the shore of the Baltic Sea. It is possible to reach Riga quickly from major European cities by bus, by train or by plane. Air traffic is especially convenient for reaching Latvia. If you want to fly, you can use the services of the Latvian national airline "airBaltic". There are also several direct ferry lines to Latvia.

This year "airBaltic" is offering direct flights to more than 80 cities around the world. The flights from Moscow and Berlin take slightly over an hour. From London – approximately three hours. Other airlines also fly to Riga, so Latvia is easy to reach.


Latvia has a total of 110 municipalities. The largest cities in Latvia are: Riga, Daugavpils, Liepaja, Jelgava, Jurmala, Ventspils, Rezekne, Valmiera and Jekabpils, which serve as regional centers for 498 rural communities and 65 towns. Today the larger part of Latvia's population resides in city areas – that is 1 540 998 inhabitants or approximately 68 % of the population. Latvian cities differ greatly in size. 21 cities have a population of over 10 000, the largest of these being Rīga (population 713 016), Daugavpils (population 104 857), and Liepāja (population 84 747). However the smallest Latvian towns are Durbe (population 648), Subate (population 1105) and Pāvilosta (population 1111).


Latvia is a beautiful, green country with clean air, water, and soil. Many foreign tourists and environmental experts say that the entire country is like a huge nature park. The diverse nature of Latvia is defined by its geographical location and proximity to the Baltic Sea, relief differences and hydrological circumstances. An essential role has also been played by (relative lack of) industrial activity in the country.

Latvia is located in the mixed forest zone which adjoins coniferous forests or the taiga in the North, and deciduous forests in the South. This transitional zone is characteristic of high biological diversity. Many boundaries of plant species cross the territory of Latvia. Here you can find both oceanic and continental species. Consequently, there are many rare species. The main vegetation type in Latvia is forest, leaving swamps and wetlands behind.

The most important value of Latvia is its untouched nature. Discover the northern 'rainforests' of Slītere National Park, 500 km of sandy seashore, the biggest drumlin in Europe, the forests which cover more than 45% of the territory, and many other attractive landscapes and rich countryside which is awaiting for you!


Latvia's climate is its wealth – Latvia is located in such a geographical zone,which allows one to enjoy the magic and the differences of the four seasons, which is mostly not possible elsewhere in Europe.

Latvia has four typical seasons – summer, autumn, winter, and spring. That makes four different Latvias: each of the seasons is original with its own beauty, natural variety and each of them offers different leisure and entertainment opportunities.
Latvia's weather features a temperate maritime climate, with mild summers, moderate winters, and high levels of humidity and precipitation. Summer: June – August +19°C +22°C, average precipitation 195 mm. Winter: December – February -7°C 0°C, average precipitation: 116 mm


Winter usually is snowy in Latvia. You can fully enjoy every winter fun – ice fishing, cross-country skiing, skating, and alpine skiing. You can race on skis downhill the Latvian slopes, or go to a pleasant walk through woods and fields covered with the snow, for example, up-hill and down dale of the Vidzeme heights.


Spring of Latvia comes often with a thorough flood; the Latvian rivers go out of their banks. It is a great joy for water tourists, who hurry to the swifter Latvian rivers (e.g., Amata) to boat through the effervescent rapids. For nature friends, we recommend to go for a hike – enjoying the awakening of nature, listening wood-notes, admiring the aroma of flowers, or just wondering about the flooded meadows and flood-lands.When the bird-cherries blossom, you definitely should go to Sigulda, where the picturesque valley of the Gauja River and Gauja National Park are white and fragrant, covered with bird-cherry blossoms.


The Latvian summer lasts from June to September. They are sunny, sometimes the temperature reaches + 35 degrees (Celsius). Then, due to the 500 kilometres long coastline of the Baltic Sea belonging to Latvia, everyone hurries to enjoy the rest near the sea. Wide and sandy beaches, comfortable guest houses, modern resorts or nooks unspoiled by civilization – everything is available near the coastline.


Autumn of Latvia is especially gorgeous. The leaves of trees are coloured pink and yellow, the large forests entertain your eyes with its coloured variety, but migratory birds flock together as they need to hurry to warmer places. One thing may be enjoyed during all these seasons: the modern and the ancient, the cultural and architectural monuments – it is the rich city of Riga alluring by its many museums andart galleries, restaurants and pubs.


Ancient history and unspoilt nature, music festivals from classic to pop,boating on swift rivers and leisured sightseeing of Riga’s Art Nouveauarchitecture — Latvia offers a broad spectrum of activities for all tastes and ages. In Riga you can enjoy the charmingly ancient Old Town and the illustrious architecture of Art Nouveau, learn about Latvian history and art in museums and numerousgalleries, visit medieval castles and magnificent Baroque palaces. Out-of-town excursions can be no less exciting. Those who are keen on physical activities can try boating or rafting, or rent a bicycle for a one-day or up to a week-long trip. Almost every rural district has a nature trail; you can also go on a seaside hike for several days. Besides, Latvia has ample opportunities for bird-watching. The culturally inclined can pick and choose — from the Early Music Festival in the Rundāle Palace to the Positivus Festival at the seaside in Salacgrīva.

Families with children can spend their free-time on the beach or in aquaparks, or venture on the so-called hurdle tracks put up in adventure parks. Couples can enjoy a romantic twosome while walking in the nature or taking a rose-petal bath in one of the SPA facilities in the Latvian countryside. Seniors too can wander off in the nature or admire architectural objects. Budget travellers can pack their maps and go on an exciting trip along the sea coastline or pay visits to small Latvian towns. Latvia can offer both an unforgettable holiday in nature and an abundance of cultural heritage – architecture, history, museums, nature objects… And that’s not all! The variety of the recreation choices on offer is truly striking. Everyone will find something to do in Latvia! The country caters to all interests and different kinds of life-style. Those who are drawn to modern cities – Riga is one of them! A contemporary EU metropolis with excellent restaurants, night-clubs and also unique architecture and sightseeing objects. At the same time, barely an hour’s-drive away from Riga you will discover a completely different world, which those who enjoy a leisured recreation in natural surroundings will surely appreciate. Unusual nature objects (the ancient valley of the Gauja River in Sigulda, the land of the blue lakes in Latgale and the steep seacoast in Jūrkalne, to name but a few), the diversity of unspoilt nature, bird- and animal watching, hiking, water tourism, cycling – all of it is available in Latvia. Architecture and art lovers will be delighted too. They can visit Rundāle Palace – an outstanding gem of Baroque and Roccocco architecture in the Baltics – as well as other castles and manors to be found in virtually every rural district of Latvia. Though you shouldn’t stop at that. Smaller Latvian towns can be equally attractive with their quiet, cobble-paved streets, centuries-old but restored buildings, an unhurried pace of life… That’s all in store for you should you dare escape the tourist crowds and go to Cēsis, Kuldīga, Sabile, Aizpute, Ape and other Latvian towns.

About Riga

Riga is one of the largest cities on the shores of the Baltic Sea. It stands not only at a geographical, but also cultural, cross-roads. Visitors from the east and the west alike can find suitable recreation, entertainment and impressions here. It’s no wonder that Riga has been declared the European Culture Capital of 2014.

Riga, the oldest city in Latvia, has developed into an important economic, political and cultural centre since the Middle Ages. When the formation of an independent Latvian Republic occourred in 1918, Riga became the capital. Today more than half of Latvia’s population lives in Riga, as well as the country’s largest manufacturing concerns, as well as central government and administration boards. Amongst the 50 museums to be found in Riga the oldest and largest are the Museum of History and Shipping, the Museum of Natural Sciences, the Museum of Latvian History, the National Art Gallery, and the Latvian Ethnographic open-air-museum. The National Opera and Latvia’s most professional theatres are also situated in Riga.

Riga’s 800 – year history has left its mark on the face of the city, where Middle Age dwellings and church towers coexist with art nouveau and eclectic architecture. Riga’s park land boulevard zone and the wooden buildings of the Pardaugava region emit a unique charm. The value of Riga’s cultural and historical significance has been verified by the fact that its old city centre has been included in UNESCO’s list of the world’s most important cultural and natural sites.

About Old Town

The Old Town of Riga, its heart, is its pearl! It is the part of the city that is most cherished and protected by the inhabitants of Riga. The city, growing through centuries, has become architecturally rich and diverse. Riga is characterised by one of the largest complexes of Art Nouveau buildings concentrated in one location in the world, as well as testimonies to the architectural development of Riga from its origins in 1201 to the present. Because of this Riga has been included in the UNESCO list of cultural heritage. While wandering in the Old Town or in the blocks of Art Nouveau architecture, you will find numerous restaurants and cafés. Riga is a stronghold of a mix of regional cultures, so, naturally, restaurants of various nationalities and styles are found here which will bring pleasure to the most sophisticated gourmets. Excellent and friendly bartenders work in the bars in Riga, and at restaurants one can enjoy wine and liquors recommended by professional sommeliers. Museums, exhibition halls, souvenir and art shops, and cafés with the delicious smell of freshly baked pastries are abundant.


Latvia – The place where to live
A Green environment
Convenient transport infrastructure – air, road, rail and sea traffic
The level of political and economic stability;
Good taxation and legal system;
The quality of Latvia’s educational system;
Acceptable and understandable living costs
Ease of communications
Freedom of movement (the ability to travel to other countries without a visa);
High potential of the real estate market;
For families with children
For couples
For seniors
For young people
People with special needs
Business travellers
SPA and Wellness
Medical Tourism
VISA and Entering the country

XIPHIAS Immigration helps you and guide you in every way to fulfill your dreams to settle in Latvia. We have all the expertise to prepare your application and advice you before and after you come to Latvia on how to accomplish the conditions put forth by the Latvia Authorities.

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