Riga

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Quality of life in Riga

By Elizabete Laivina

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 night life 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 1.3% of Teleport users.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

9
35/263
Details
Large apartment$610.34
Medium apartment$481.77
Rent index [score]0.93
Small apartment$353.20

Cost of Living

8
65/261
Details
5km taxi ride$3.20
A Cappuccino$2.70
A beer$1.20
A kilogram of Apples$1.30
Bread$0.36
Inflation [score]0.76
Lunch$7.40
Monthly fitness club membership$51.00
Monthly public transport$50.00
Movie ticket$6.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$46.81

Startups

5
116/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups5
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.30
Coworking spaces [score]0.32
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co1
Meetups [score]0.19
Meetups groups35
Meetups members8194
Number of investors15
Number of startup events in the last 12 months54
Number of upcoming meetup events10
Startup climate scene [score]0.34
Startup events6
Startup events2
Startup events [score]0.30
Startups [score]0.61
Total number of startups143

Venture Capital

3
154/228
Details
Venture capital [score]0.29

Travel Connectivity

2
148/260
Details
Airport hub68
Airport hub [score]0.34
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.16

Commute

6
43/260
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/Latvia/Riga
Traffic handling [score]0.79

Business Freedom

7
165/259
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Business freedom78.60
Business freedom [score]0.74
Freedom from corruption55.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.52
Lack of labor restrictions59.50
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.44
Time to open a business5.50
Time to open a business [score]0.95

Safety

8
86/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.68
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year1
Guns per 100 residents19
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.96
Lack of guns [score]0.91
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.94

Healthcare

6
206/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.68
Healthcare quality [score]0.62
Life expectancy (years)74.56
Life expectancy [score]0.47

Education

5
123/230
Details
Best university in rankingUniversity of Latvia
Best university ranking801
Country mean scores in PISA math test487.27
Country mean scores in PISA reading test488.69
Country mean scores in PISA science test502.19
PISA math ranking (high school)24
PISA ranking24
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.83
PISA reading (high school)26
PISA science (high school)21
Percent of happy students0.67
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.20
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.17
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.12
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.08
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.04
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.04
University quality [score]0.10

Environmental Quality

7
82/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.71
Cleanliness [score]0.80
Drinking water quality [score]0.63
Urban greenery [score]0.85

Economy

4
198/258
Details
Currency for urban areaEUR
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.43
GDP per capita$23706.56
GDP per capita [score]0.39

Taxation

6
67/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.69
Income tax level [score]0.51
Profit tax (% of profit)0.36
Time overhead to file company taxes169
VAT (Sales Tax)0.21

Internet Access

6
63/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)26.50
Internet access (download) [score]0.55
Internet access (upload) [score]0.74
Upload speed (Mbps)21.44

Leisure & Culture

8
41/263
Details
Art galleries143
Art galleries [score]0.74
Cinemas58
Cinemas [score]0.74
Comedy clubs148
Comedy clubs [score]0.83
Concert venues124
Concerts [score]0.86
Historical sites76
Historical sites [score]0.81
Museums107
Museums [score]0.74
Performing art venues96
Performing arts [score]0.92
Sport venues141
Sports [score]0.92
Zoos89
Zoos [score]0.91

Tolerance

6
159/264
Details
LGBT Equality Index64.06
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.65
LGBT adoption rights✖ Single only
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✔ Legal
LGBT conversion therapy regulationsAmbiguous
LGBT discrimination legalityIllegal in some contexts
LGBT employment discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, surgery not required
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT marriage rights✖ Not legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.53

Outdoors

6
61/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.17
Median peak in meters242.65
Seaside access1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)14.00
Water access [score]0.95
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Riga are in the 65th place of all 261 Teleport cities. Average living expenses are significantly lower compared to other cities, especially in the housing market. Moving to Riga will very likely decrease your daily costs of living. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$474$746
$610
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$51
Movie ticket$6
Broadband internet connection$14
Monthly public transport$50
Lunch$7
-51%
compared to
San Francisco
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Software Engineer salaries in Riga are below average. For this job type, Riga ranks 207th for salaries among 264 cities. Get access to our salary comparison calculator by signing up. Compare salaries city by city with our free salary wizard and convert your own salary to a local salary in Riga.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$26,339
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

19
Guns per 100 people
1.43
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Riga in position 99 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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LGBT rights in Riga

Discrimination

Illegal In Some Contexts

Marriage

Not Legal

Adoption

Single Only

Climate

Average day length (hours)

13.1

Climate type

Warm Summer Continental

Average daily maximum temperature

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Impressions from Riga

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On living in Riga

Riga is the capital of Latvia. With its 700,000 inhabitants, it's the largest city in the Baltic States and home to one in three Latvians. Part of many empires throughout history, each of which has left its mark on the city, today Riga is a city with many faces.

There are many administrative districts in Riga; however, almost all tourist attractions, historic buildings and hotels are contained within the borders of Centra rajons (made up of the Old town and Centrs), which is relatively small and walkable and include the attractions that Riga is famous for. However if you have already seen those, the outer districts do have their own draws too.

Riga is famous for its world heritage listed old town (Vecrīga) and city center (Centrs), in which over 800 buildings — a third of all buildings — are of the Art Nouveau (aka Jugendstil) style of architecture and thus Riga is one of the best destinations to see this architectural style. Chiefly built in the first years of the 20th century, many of Riga's Art Noveau buildings were created by ethnic Latvian architects as opposed to earlier buildings in the city . The Art Nouveau style involves intricate building facades, with carvings of flowers and mythological creatures, and ornate doorways and windows.

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