Business guide 2019


On the world map, Latvia is located on the east coast of the Baltic Sea at the crossroads of Northern and Eastern Europe. Latvia, a parliamentary republic, is bordered by Estonia to the north, Russia and Belarus to the east, and Lithuania to the south, with a maritime border with Sweden to the west. The total length of Latvia’s coastline is 498 km.

Latvia has almost 2 million inhabitants, of whom almost 1 million live in and around the capital city of Riga, the metropolis of the Baltic region. The second largest city is Daugavpils, with a population of about 83 000.

With its relatively small population, Latvia is not a major market, but the country’s key advantage is its location, which provides access to its immediate neighbours. The population of the three Baltic States totals 6.1 million, approximately equal to the population of Denmark. On its doorstep are the Scandinavian countries, with 25 million people; Russia and the independent CIS states, with a combined population of about 280 million; and Eastern Europe, with about 100 million inhabitants. Latvia stands out for two major criteria eligible for any investor – infrastructure and labour force.

Latvia’s skilled and multilingual labour force, abundant natural resources, and strategic location form a solid foundation for the country’s economy and make Latvia the perfect place to develop your business.


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