Cost of Living in Riga

Summary about cost of living in Riga, Latvia:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 8.00 € 5.00-15.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 40.00 € 30.00-60.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 5.62 € 5.00-7.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 3.00 € 1.80-4.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.90 € 1.50-4.50
Cappuccino (regular) 2.60 € 1.50-3.50
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.48 € 0.80-3.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.07 € 0.50-2.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.52 € 2.99-4.35
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.79 € 0.54-1.09
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.75 € 0.41-1.41
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.87 € 1.32-2.88
Local Cheese (1 lb) 3.17 € 2.27-5.44
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 2.40 € 1.36-2.81
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 3.40 € 2.36-4.54
Apples (1 lb) 0.47 € 0.27-0.75
Banana (1 lb) 0.55 € 0.45-0.68
Oranges (1 lb) 0.72 € 0.45-1.04
Tomato (1 lb) 0.82 € 0.45-1.36
Potato (1 lb) 0.22 € 0.13-0.32
Onion (1 lb) 0.22 € 0.15-0.45
Lettuce (1 head) 1.16 € 0.60-2.19
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.66 € 0.49-1.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 7.00 € 5.00-10.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.25 € 1.00-1.60
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.44 € 1.15-2.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 4.00 € 3.60-4.50
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.20 € 1.15-2.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 50.00 € 40.00-50.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.05 € 1.50-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.13 € 0.64-2.41
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 8.40 € 6.00-10.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.48 € 4.16-4.92
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 19,995.00 € 18,311.00-21,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 18,397.50 € 16,850.00-21,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 169.25 € 127.50-250.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.10 € 0.02-0.19
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 15.48 € 11.00-22.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 39.41 € 23.00-50.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 20.02 € 12.00-25.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 7.90 € 5.00-9.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 321.72 € 200.00-500.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 13,919.91 € 9,600.00-18,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 61.71 € 30.00-80.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 35.96 € 25.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 73.29 € 50.00-100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 97.38 € 65.00-150.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 441.20 € 350.00-600.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 299.77 € 250.00-400.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 802.59 € 600.00-1,400.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 544.22 € 400.00-900.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 191.08 € 157.93-232.26
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 116.73 € 92.90-167.22
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 906.69 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 2.50 1.50-4.00

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Last update: June 2021
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98 Comments so far
Jeff on Jun 09, 2021:
Latvia is a dump. Old Town in Riga is pretty and that is where it ends. So many Eastern foreigners come here to try and get into the rest of Europe. Ever Lativan wants out and every Russian Latvia heads East. Easter foreigners coming here are shocked. A racist country if you are black or brown skin. The population is majority Russian. The work ethic is horrific. The government is extremely corrupt. If you move to Latvia be prepared for no services and everyone will want your money. Rent is far too high for ugly tiny apartments and utilities are far too expensive. It's more expensive in Latvia than many Western European countries. Food is affordable at some supermarkets, but that is about it. DO NOT COME HERE TO STUDY!!! I cannot say enough how not worth it, it is. Try to get into Germany or go elsewhere. The prices above aren't true to the reality here.
Anonymous on Mar 21, 2021:
Like I said before I lived in Riga for 1 year then I left. I suppose you're another female from Latvia looking for a foreign man like the rest to take care of you.
Rene on Mar 21, 2021:
Latvia is almost the poorest country in the EU. and the country looks worse than Ukraine. Half of the population are Russians. A large part of the country's income depends on foreign investment from immigration, and there are many scams. The gov is not concerned about other than collecting money. Most of young Latvians go to Western and Nordic countries to work as low-level workers, sometimes even without a salary. But it's better than staying in Latvia without a job opportunity. The prices in Latvia are not low, it can be said that the cost of living is relatively expensive(except rental, because their properties have no values). When you walk out of the airport, you mistakenly think that it is a developed country. After living for a period of time, you will understand how poor they are.
Anonymous on Mar 20, 2021:
I lived in Riga for exactly 1 year.
There must be atleast 14 or more women to one man is what a woman told me when I first arrived. I rarely saw very many men while living there.Alot of times I'd eat at restaurants and I'd be the only man at the restaurant.At times women would follow me around Riga and they were in groups of 5 or more often.Honestly I've never seen so many ugly looking women in my life at banks restaurants at parks or just walking around. Latvian women take ugly to a whole new level promise and they smell bad.If you're a single man don't visit Latvia unless you like fat hideous looking women with missing teeth etc.
Anonymous on Mar 19, 2021:
I'd say 10,000 euro would be enough to scrape by
Sri on Mar 12, 2021:
How much would be the decent amount to survive in Riga as a single person
Anonymous on Jan 25, 2021:
I cannot get the bubble gum out of my hair since falling asleep at a candy store in Riga.
Camel on Jan 19, 2021:
Riga is biggest city among Baltic states with 700 thousand inhabitants. Life there is nice and beautiful, old town is amazing. Salary for simple workers is around 800 and for specialist 1200 €, rent of apartment is around 400€ for simple flat and 600€ for better ones website city24...LOL
Anonymous on Jan 18, 2021:
I lost my dog in Riga maybe he's on here.He's a doctor in Riga and gets paid in dog biscuits.
Camel on Jan 18, 2021:
The city is international as half of inhabitants are russians and other part local latvians...two languages are used for communication...LOL
Camel on Jan 17, 2021:
You can find easly jobs there in IT field, more international companies establishing offices and living conditions is quite cheap can be found city24...LOL
Anonymous on Jan 16, 2021:
I fell from a ladder last week in Riga at 20 years old on Thursday. I woke up in Tbilisi Georgia 8 days later aged 47.
Camel on Jan 16, 2021:
Riga is a nice place to live and to work, average salary is around 1000 € international companies can pay more like TELE2, ATEA, Accenture and more...LOL
Camel on Jan 16, 2021:
Anonymous, Riga is more beautiful city compared with UK...LOL
Anonymous on Jan 13, 2021:
Riga is a smorgasboard for shag parties it's a British thing we like it ofcourse.
Camel on Jan 12, 2021:
A very beautiful place to live and work, more international companies establishing offices there...LOL
Camel on Jan 11, 2021:
---> Anonymous, the rent has wide range of prices and can be found on the website city24...LOL
Anonymous on Jan 08, 2021:
Rent is very high in Riga but food at open markets is half the price of supermarkets
Anonymous on Jan 01, 2021:
Salaries in Riga have been contracting for many years not balooning,truth be known. Outside of Riga salaries are miniscule. Latvia will never be anything except a brief stopover for us Russian men,just one of our inland whorehouses we frequent.
Camel on Dec 09, 2020:
---> Anonymous. The information is wrong from your side, note that Riga is modern city with many opportunities and salaries are growing very fast, and you can earn about 1000 €...LOL
Anonymous on Dec 07, 2020:
Riga is rapidly turning into a ghost town and I noticed small villages are deserted for the most part during my visit last September.Several people in Latvia told me many have left permanently due to skyrocketing costs imposed but government.But people seemed nice during my visit but I don't blame them for leaving Latvia especially since there's no real opportunities.
Camel on Nov 02, 2020:
Average salary for simple work is around 700 € and for professionals around 1000 €...LOL
Camel on Oct 10, 2020:
There are many nigh clubs and you can have good choice any time...LOL
Camel on Oct 06, 2020:
Average salary is around 1000 € after taxes due to reason of shadow economy...LOL
Camel on Sep 19, 2020:
The city is changing very fast, many kind of apartments can be afforded, many jobs, many opportunities...LOL
Camel on Sep 12, 2020:
Salaries are much higher compared with data from this site...LOL
Camel on Aug 23, 2020:
English speaking specialist have high opportunity to find job with comfortable salary...note, that there are high range of choices of accommodation...LOL
Camel on Jul 25, 2020:
The unemployment rate is very low with 4% and it means that it is quite easy to find job there...LOL
Camel on Jul 11, 2020:
The salaries is much higher as the shadow economy is quite huge...LOL
Camel on Jun 14, 2020:
The city has a wide range of choice for rent apartments starting from expensive ones to cheap at last...LOL
Riga on Jun 06, 2020:
Riga is beautiful place to stay when you salary is more than 1000 € after taxes and you can have comfortable life, otherwise you need to have your own apartments that you would be able to have comfortable life...LOL
Camel on May 24, 2020:
Next city after Tallinn among Baltic states by living popularity and attractiveness...LOL
Camel on May 13, 2020:
More and more latvians are going to work in Tallinn while there are better and higher salaries around 300 €...LOL
Camel on May 06, 2020:
Latvia has to reduce taxes more to get be attractive place for investors...LOL
Camel on May 03, 2020:
Riga is very comfortable place for living to couple when each of other has jobs with salaries 800 € and per both getting home 1600 € that means that for rent can be spent 400 €, for food 300 €, clothes 100 €, for transportation 100 € for gasoline and for free time 100 and the rest of 600 € for saving...of course local persons can work for less due to reason that has accommodation...LOL
Camel on May 03, 2020:
Salaries are much higher as there are showed due to the reason of "shadow" economy and it should be closer to Tallinn around 1000 € after taxes...note, that Riga is bigger compered to Tallinn and more flexible city with future growth...LOL
Camel on May 01, 2020:
There are many kinds of beer for a reasonable price 1 € in markets for one bottle and 3 €/glass in bars...enjoy...LOL
Camel on Apr 30, 2020:
There are more jobs in Tallinn compared with Riga and you can have higher salary...but Riga is bigger with 800 thousand of inhabitants...LOL
Camel on Apr 29, 2020:
Tallinn can afford 400€ higher salaries, that means there in Riga exist shadow economy still...LOL
Camel on Apr 11, 2020:
---> Ahsan, there are some true in your words, but you have to notice the bright side of living in the city. The old town is amazing with great architecture and many bars, coffees, restaurants...More over again economy is developing very fast and many jobs can be afforded. This place become more western with high rate of freedom...LOL
Ahsan on Apr 09, 2020:
Camel: the fastest economy growing in Latvia that made banks closed down offices??? You don't know how to make a perfect story.
Economic growth is 5%, but it is still a small economy. Even if the growth is 20%, the people still can not feel it.

If you decide to migrate to Latvia then move to western part, better to forget this plan. Unreal.

Some EU countries already NO MORE issue EU permanent residency card.
With local Latvian PR not possible legally working in other countries.
And there are many conditions to apply for Latvian local PR:

To stay in Latvia for 4 years and 2 months in 5 years period.
With language exam ,some taxes payment records for past years.

Foreigner students are not possible to apply for PR.

Be careful, full of scams there. Be clear before moving there.
Camel on Apr 03, 2020:
Keep in mind that Riga is fates growing city among Baltic states and many companies are going to establish offices there...Salaries for educated persons starts from 1000 € net after taxes...LOL
Danil Vetrov on Mar 30, 2020:
If you an Indian and trying to immigrate to Latvia this service will help you out
Camel on Mar 21, 2020:
There is very large range selection of accommodation with very cheap and luxurious expensive apartments, just everything belongs of you earning and availability...LOL
Camel on Mar 19, 2020:
Riga has biggest job market among Baltic states and it looks that more international companies are going to establish offices there...high improvement, but still some soviet mentality still exist and more time is required to achieve the level of Tallinn...LOL
Camel on Mar 13, 2020:
The unemployment rate was 6.3% in 2019 and still going to reduce in 2020 keep going latvians as it's very high achievement in economy LOL
Camel on Mar 07, 2020:
---> Ahsan, but economy is growing very fast and becoming a modern western EU standards country...LOL
Ahsan on Mar 07, 2020:
Not a wealthy country. Not cheap to live. Many scammers in the country.
Few banks closed down one after another in past years.
Camel on Mar 04, 2020:
Latvia - Riga economy is growing very fast at nowadays 5% per year and more opportunities are coming.
Camel on Feb 22, 2020:
Riga is flexible modern city with very high level of public transportation system, more and more IT companies are going to establish offices there with competitive salaries compared western countries...LOL
Camel on Jan 29, 2020:
Latvia unemployment rate is 6% keep going and reduce more in the near Future
Tintin on Jan 23, 2020:
I'm looking for legal advice and power of attorney in latvia. How much are the costs in latvia ?
Puzzled on Jan 18, 2020:
I stayed in a dungeon for 50 euro a night. Where is this cheap rent in riga? Is it even possible for non Russians / Latvians to get it or is there a so called "foreigner" rent premium, unspoken but there.
Camel on Jan 13, 2020:
Riga is growing very fast and many new apartments are going to be built, it is a very attractive place to start business. Just be prepared for shadow economy with black money as here average salary mentions in this site is very low as many residents of Riga have more higher incomes and can buy expensive apartment. The rest of the prices of service and food are quite well described.
Swed on Dec 19, 2019:
I'm impressed on how rents are very low priced and the quality of apartments are very high , for just 1000€ monthly it's possible to rent a dream apartment... In Sweden is really difficult to find a modern apartment and most of them are really old styled and very expensive. And the presence of arabics and africans in Sweden is really annoying :/

Can any Latvian suggest me to live here? Is the city free of immigrants?

I hope africans will stay in their f%cking sh*t hole because they are ruining Europe.
Camel on Dec 02, 2019:
Just note that highly skilled workers can earn more € compared with western countries, moreover city is amazing with trams, bussess, taxi are developed quite well. Riga is mixed city between western and east...bad news, but Latvians women are wonderful, please note that half population are Russians and can make wrong impression about country, but real Latvians area amazing...
Camel on Nov 28, 2019:
...still high corruption and shadow economy but city is very beautiful who earning 1000€
Gankanta on Nov 14, 2019:
1. Not clear. From your part time job to meet your uni fee? Impossible.

2.cost of living is not cheap. Food prices is almost as same as in Frankfurt. Rent an apartment to living for self AT LEAST 400 euro.

3. How hard to get a job? Hehehe. As far as I know. Young Latvian people are moving out 10 percent each year and NEVER come back.

4.i don't think your part time job will cover your monthly expenses. You should know. Thousands of Indian "students" are working in Latvia at part time which they get as low as 3 euro per hour. cousre is not that hard.if you paid whole fees and Attendance rate is good.

If I am correct, you are another Indian. Is it? Fake students for residence permit waiting for to move to Western EU countries.

You must know that, impossible. Because many conditions.
Alex on Oct 26, 2019:

1. The question is not immediately clear. Please expand.
2. As in any city, it depends on the way of life. You can check housing prices on this local website:
Food prices are outlined in my previous post where I left the link to consumer price report (it's also in English).
Hence, it's simply a matter of calculation based on your demands.
Long story short, most people live on the net salary of around EUR 800 per month and are able to rent a small apartment, get around and purchase food. If I remember right, net salary of EUR 1,500 is a prerogative of around 4% of country's population.
3. Depends on the job. If you are graduate, speak English, Latvian and, possibly, some additional language, it shouldn't be a problem to find an office job with salary of around EUR 800 after taxes for the start.
4. It will be hard. You can make it easier for yourself by sharing accommodation, riding a bicycle around the town and cooking by yourself.
5. The question is not entirely clear, but I'll take a guess. The studies are hard enough and proper uni will be paying attention to your attendance. There is a slight shortage of cash jobs in town as the economy is quite small. Hence, it may be problematic finding yourself a second job for cash to make a living. But, as always, it's a matter of your connections and how active you are.

Just an advise: start learning Latvian right away. The language is not hard and municipality offers free courses. It will help a lot.
Alex on Oct 26, 2019:
Latest consumer price survey can be found here: It's quite detailed and gives a proper overview of consumer prices in Latvia.
Explorer on Oct 21, 2019:
Hello everyone,
I am planning to move to riga for master studies,
I need to know some points and would be happy to know the real answers,
I am from Pakistan,
1. Will i b able to meet my uni fee for next year.
2. Approx monthly cost of living. hard it is to get job after my studies.
4. Can i earn as per law (20 hrs/week) so i can meet my monthly expenses.
5. How hard studies and strict is the law?. Asking so i may earn more.
Anonymous on Oct 07, 2019:
Never move to Riga there's a severe shortage of intelligence throughout Latvia as well.Men are pretty much non-existent and women wanna be men.
katherine on Sep 26, 2019:
Thank! Very interesting information. For me it is very relevant. I am going to Latvia to work and preparing documents for this with the help of
Anonymous on Sep 24, 2019:
Wow !!!!! I'm excited at least us Lavian won't need to resort to dogs anymore for romance.
Anonymous on Sep 24, 2019:
Women far outnumber men throughout Latvia.Ladies do not dispair though because 23,847 African male refugees will keep Latvian women busy,let the breeding begin and they're arriving January 2020.
Anonymous on Sep 13, 2019:
Brexit best thing that's ever happened to Europe.
Mateusz on Aug 30, 2019:
Abdul the UK is not in shenghan so it's not possible to move there as they have strict border controls, this will be even worse from November after Brexit as the government are planning on bringing in a visa system even for EU citizens of france/Germany etc if there is a no deal Brexit.
The average salary in Riga is more like €650 euros a month, there is a huge disparity between people's wages and the majority of people would usually earn about €650 a month after tax.
Camel on Aug 08, 2019:
Latvian brothers keep going and reduce taxes, create better life and remove socialism from your environment. good luck...LOL
Camel on Aug 06, 2019:
Salaries are very very small in Riga, but persons having good money can have very nice life there...old town is very beautiful, city is located near huge river and Baltic sea, there are wide range of selection of apartments to rent.
Shana on Jul 26, 2019:
#abdul : if you are fake student ,not possible move to UK.
UK and Latvia having different border control.
If you are real student, you will need hard study in LATVIA only otherwise they will cancel your student ID.
Full of Indian, Arabic students studying medical science course. More than half are fake students waiting Chance move to Western part as same as your think. The truth is : IMPOSSIBLE.
Abdul Fahath on Jul 26, 2019:
Hi friends
I’m planning to study in Latvia
Then semester break i move to Uk is this possible!!!!
Camel on Jul 15, 2019:
Answer for below: all salaries a mentioned in the JOB page CV.LV and for your note, there are very high "shadow" economy, that means many company tries to avoid of paying taxes for government and looks that official payments for workers are very low...but in reality qualified persons can earn very good wages...
Nanny on Jul 14, 2019:
I had been in Latvia for one year. All arguments below are correct. Summer time is super cool while in winter time is horrible. Darkness all day and night cloudy every minute.
Most of people get salary below or 1000 euro. Office workers could be higher a bit.
Latvian people are moving out of the country is true. Not everyone.
Cost of living is not that cheap.if you want to reach at European standard level 1000 is not that enough in Latvia. At least 2000_2500 from my experiences.
Opportunities not that much as it's not a famous place to live and work.
Indian immigrants are the major foreigner residents
The country offers residence permit visa to rich foreigners. Most of the buyers are Russian and few Chinese. But many frauds and scams from that.
Latvian people are usually helpful and friendly.
Camel on Jul 13, 2019:
Mr Camel:. I think probably you work for a commercial agency for foreigners immigrants?
Saying something actual better than making up the stories.
My friends Latvian people with well educated degrees. Working for the one of the biggest supermarket in Riga. Net salary between 700_800 euro.
Another guy, Russian Latvian. 600 euro. Both of them speaking perfect English and Russian.
Cost of living in Latvia is cheap???
From this page. It shows Riga is just 46 % cheaper than New York.
Is cheap for you? If you come from Geneva, then it's cheap for you.
Camel on Jul 07, 2019:
---> #Shelly, you are saying total nonsense. The unemployment level is very low and is decreasing each month rapidly. Riga is very complex city with highly developed public transportation, real estate can afford wide range of apartments from very cheap and very expensive. Now there is 0 reason to leave this amazing spot. The educated person can very easy get a job with a salary 1000 € after taxes, moreover a working couple can have even better life due to both getting 2000 € home and renting one apartment. Yes, it is true that 1000 € looks very badly compared with western countries, but there are more opportunities to make a carrier...LOOL
Shelly on Jul 07, 2019:
Camel: I am 90% agreed to Hasan. About IT field that's different. Even in Ukraine, Belarus, IT salary is quite high. Probably Mr Hasan talking about the average level of Latvia.
Very clean, true. Because of their population and young Latvian people are leaving each year. Well. Latvia is member of EU. I think that is. ^^
Camel on Jun 26, 2019:
---> dear Mr. Hasan, in IT field you can earn quite high level of salaries. Note, that Riga is very clean and beautiful city with trams, buses and other good connections. FYI - Latvia is one city country, other part is just countryside without any reason for investing huge amount of money to the rest of country. Riga is growind very fast and can afford comfortable life.
Hasan on Jun 17, 2019:
If you don't believe me , drive the car go outside Riga around the country. There's no high way.
If drive to east part to Russia border, you will see Russia part how much better than Latvia.
Hasan on Jun 17, 2019:
Latvia is probably the poorest country in EU. Cost of living not cheap and salary is very low. Official report just for fun,don't mind that. I can tell you the actual income in Riga is only 700_800 euro the average. Also a lot people 500_600.
In smaller cities less than 500.
Jobless is high. Young Latvian people moving to other part of Europe and NEVER move back.
Most of the foreigner come to Riga for visa resident card. Latvia is one of the country for Golden visa offer. A lot taxes, state fees are all 5 digits plus. Full of Pakistan, Indian agencies with full of scam.
The positive part are: very clean, less noisy and with refuxxxs.
Camel on Jun 13, 2019:
---> Martins, you are right, the shadow economy is quit huge and there are many dirty money in the economy, nobody works less then 1000 € after taxes per month in Riga.
Martins on May 17, 2019:
Average net salary in Riga was 1050 EUR in 2018 according to the survey of the biggest HR service in Latvia. Will reach 1140 in the middle of 2019.
Camel on Apr 29, 2019:
FYI - Riga is very quite huge city with 700 thousands inhabitants and only 4 % unemployment.
Anonymous on Apr 09, 2019:
# CAMEL you say the same thing about Vilnius and other countries same script as usual.Change the wording a bit to make it believable.
Anonymous on Apr 05, 2019:
Riga economy isn't good and hasn't been in many years.I know because I've lived here all my life.Growth isn't happening nothing is really.I can tell # Camel has never lived here let alone visit. Troll elsewhere # Camel I looked to see how many countries you've posted in 7 so far,cut the BS.
Camel on Mar 10, 2019:
Riga is quite nice city with amazing old town and huge river, located near Baltic sea. Economy is growing very fast at the past few years. The city is fine for quite calm and average style of life...MOM
Anonymous on Mar 01, 2019:
Many are leaving Riga at an alarming rate and other parts of Europe due to the Euro losing ground daily.My wife and I are leaving Riga next month for Colombia.Yes we've lived in Riga all of our lives.We wanted to live in the U S but after waiting over 8 months trying to get a Visa and being told no we gave up.It seems the U S is rejecting visas from every country.The U S embassy acted like the U S doesn't welcome other countries anymore and I believe the Americans have the same mindset.The U S used to welcome people from around the world but not anymore.
LV on Jan 29, 2019:
If you're going to be the only earner in the family, 1700 should be just enough, but i'd reccomend your partner also finding a job to have financial security, really depends where are you going to be working. Riga is going to get more expensive as you move more towards the centre. 1700 is a nice sallary for a person in Latvia, but it really depends on what are you going to spend money on more.
Anonymous on Jan 28, 2019:
I have an offer from a company in Riga. It is 1700 euro/month net.
Is it enough for 3 person including a child?
Christopher Goddard on Jan 05, 2019:
Am UK citizen, 72, with tertiary education, still working through own UK-registered micro-company delivering legal-linguistic services to law firms and university law faculties mainly via internet, receiving UK pension, have lived and worked here since 1994, married to LV citizen who knows how to get the best out of the system. I have no real knowledge of prices but my wife tells me that the cost of food has doubled - e.g. fresh or smoked fish in the market - in recent years. My main hands-on experience is in the health system (I have asthma + diabetes, requiring regular checkups) and have been very pleasantly surprised at the level of service + equipment but much is due to the fact that my wife arranges everything. We live in a 100m2 apartment in Riga's 'quiet centre'. One thing is for sure: we live far better here than we would in the UK in terms of what you get for your money.
Anonymous on Aug 12, 2018:
You'll able to get about 350 euro for standard part time job.
If you are gonna live in dormitory, it should be enough, if you're enough economic.
#Rajitha on Jul 04, 2018:
Dear friends,
I'm planning to move to latvia for studies within this year. I need to know average how much will I be able to earn doing part time and how much will I be spending for day today life ?
Andreas on Jun 15, 2018:
I will be getting a job with a salare of 1200 € before taxes, how will i be able to live?
James on Jan 13, 2018:
with €3,000/month net, will my family (2 adults, one child) be able to live comfortably and save money? W have our apartment paid for, but not utilities. Thanks!
Riga citizen on Jan 11, 2018:
Kennt, yes, it is good, is is actually twice more than average - you won't feel poor.
Kennt on Dec 04, 2017:
Is 2000 € Gross good in Riga?

I made some research and saw that 23 % goes to tax, which leaves me with roughly 1550 € left. Is this salary good to settle down in Riga?
latvietis on Nov 23, 2017:
#sirojiddin You will not get a job here that will cover all your expenses. Not only because salaries are terrible and renting price is out of this world, but because you are student from another country, you will be able to work max 20h in week because of our law. Good luck - i would suggest another country like Denmark for studying - free education, scholarship for everybody and great salaries.
sirojiddin on Nov 22, 2017:
im going to study in latvia can i find a job easily as a international student can i cover my monthly expenditure by working here. what about annual fee?
New Expat on Nov 02, 2017:
I 'm in the process of securing a job offer in Latvia, what's the minimum salary that i should accept (net and gross) that I could live a decent live style? given that I've 6 years experience in a multinational firm(one of the top 4 firms in the world) & I hold two Internationally designated Qualifications.

I don't drink beer or alcohol :D and I'll be living alone for a while

Thank you