Riga

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 1.1% of Teleport users.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

9
38/265
Details
Large apartment$710.00
Medium apartment$580.00
Rent index [score]0.90
Small apartment$450.00

Cost of Living

7
74/248
Details
5km taxi ride$3.50
A Cappuccino$3.10
A beer$1.20
A kilogram of Apples$1.50
Bread$0.48
Inflation [score]0.73
Lunch$7.50
Monthly fitness club membership$50.00
Monthly public transport$63.00
Movie ticket$7.60
Price of a meal at a restaurant$48.84

Startups

4
125/264
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups2
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.27
Coworking spaces [score]0.30
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co4
Meetups [score]0.24
Meetups groups53
Meetups members14587
Number of investors15
Number of startup events in the last 12 months57
Number of upcoming meetup events7
Startup climate scene [score]0.38
Startup events56
Startup events [score]0.58
Startups [score]0.60
Total number of startups150

Venture Capital

1
180/192
Details
Venture capital [score]0.14

Travel Connectivity

2
158/266
Details
Airport hub68
Airport hub [score]0.35
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.13

Commute

5
101/255
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/Latvia/Riga
Traffic handling [score]0.74

Business Freedom

7
167/264
Details
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
106/266
Details
Crime rate [score]0.63
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]0.90
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.93

Healthcare

5
211/265
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.53
Healthcare quality [score]0.58
Life expectancy (years)74.56
Life expectancy [score]0.47

Education

4
154/240
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)25
PISA ranking25
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.72
PISA reading (high school)21
PISA science (high school)22
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
117/266
Details
Air quality [score]0.67
Cleanliness [score]0.69
Drinking water quality [score]0.62
Urban greenery [score]0.81

Economy

4
201/263
Details
Currency exchange rate per US dollar for urban area0.85
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
83/266
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.69
Income tax level [score]0.50
Profit tax (% of profit)0.36
Time overhead to file company taxes169
VAT (Sales Tax)0.21

Internet Access

6
100/266
Details
Download speed (Mbps)48.34
Internet access (download) [score]0.62
Internet access (upload) [score]0.55
Upload speed (Mbps)13.78

Leisure & Culture

8
41/264
Details
Art galleries162
Art galleries [score]0.79
Cinemas88
Cinemas [score]0.75
Comedy clubs152
Comedy clubs [score]0.79
Concert venues110
Concerts [score]0.85
Historical sites76
Historical sites [score]0.80
Museums99
Museums [score]0.75
Performing art venues97
Performing arts [score]0.91
Sport venues136
Sports [score]0.93
Zoos85
Zoos [score]0.89

Tolerance

7
151/266
Details
LGBT Equality Index74.15
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.75
LGBT adoption rights✖ Single only
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✔ Legal
LGBT conversion therapy regulations✖ Not banned
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✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT marriage rights✖ Not legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.62

Outdoors

6
62/266
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.16
Median peak in meters242.30
Seaside access1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)14.00
Water access [score]0.95
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Cost of living

Costs of living in Riga are in the 74th place of all 248 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)

$450$700
$580
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$50
Movie ticket$8
Broadband internet connection$14
Monthly public transport$63
Lunch$8
-48%
compared to
San Francisco

Taxation

Personal taxation

Effective income tax rate

23%
For annual salary of $40000
23%
For annual salary of $80000

Value added tax (VAT)

21%
Standard tax rate. Different rates might apply for certain product categories.

Compared to other cities

60/266

Corporate taxation

Compared to other cities

74/263

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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

2:40 RIGA 2014 Timelapse

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On living in ...

Riga is the financial, creative, and cultural center of Latvia. It is the capital and the largest city in Latvia, it is also the largest city in the Baltic States. The city lies on the Gulf of Riga, at the mouth of Daugava, Riga has an official population of a little over 700,000 inhabitants. It is 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. It is famous for Art Nouveau and wooden architecture. Riga's historical center is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

There are many administrative districts in Riga. However, almost all tourist attractions, historic buildings and hotels are contained within the borders of the relatively small and walkable Centra rajons district, which is made up of Vecrīga (the old town) and Centrs (the modern-day business district). However if you have already seen the more famous attractions in the city center, 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 Nouveau buildings were created by ethnic Latvian architects unlike 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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Good Country Index

Every city comes with a country. How is this one doing in terms of giving back to the global community? Our friends at The Good Country Index measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away, relative to its size.

Overall ranking

Latvia
40th from a total of 163 countries

World Order

58th

Refugees hosted

Refugees generated

Charity giving

Birth rate

UN Treaties signed

International Peace & Security

90th

Dues in arrears to UN peace keeping budgets

International violent conflict

Peacekeeping troops

Arms exports

Internet security (2014)

Planet & Climate

43rd

Ecological footprint

Reforestation since 1992

Hazardous pesticides exports

CO2 emissions

Ozone

Prosperity & Equality

125th

Development assistance

FDI outflows

Fairtrade market size

UN volunteers abroad

Open trading

Culture

21st

Freedom of movement

Press freedom

Creative services exports

UNESCO dues in arrears as % of contribution

Creative goods exports

Science & Technology

29th

Nobel prizes

Patents

Journal exports

International publications

International Students

Health & Wellbeing

63rd

Pharmaceutical exports

Voluntary excess donations to the WHO

Food aid

Humanitarian aid donations

International Health Regulations Compliance

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