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Study in Latvia

With beautiful forests, rivers and lakes, dynamic cities and a fascinating and multi-ethnic culture, Latvia has something for everyone, and has been called “Europe’s best-kept secret”. Located at the crossroads of Northern and Eastern Europe, Latvia has been influenced both linguistically and culturally by neighbors such as Lithuania and Estonia, while retaining its own distinct national identity and traditions.

Keen to study in Latvia? Read on to find out about leading Latvian universities, student cities, how to get a Latvian student visa and more…

Fast Facts

  • Population of around two million people
  • Official language is Latvian, but Russian and English are also widely spoken (46% of Latvians can speak English)
  • Capital and largest city: Riga
  • Official name: Republic of Latvia
  • One of the world’s greenest countries, with over 44% of its territory covered by forests
  • Borders with Estonia to the north, Lithuania and Belarus to the south, Russia to the east and the Baltic Sea to the west
  • Founded on 18 November 1918
  • Became a member of the European Union and NATO in 2004
  • Currency was previously the Latvian lats, but switched to the euro in 2014.
  • A democratic parliamentary republic; as of 2016, the prime minister is Maris Kucinskis.
  • Time zone: GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) +2, from April to November – GMT +3
  • Vehicles drive on the right.
  • Home to four natural parks and the widest waterfall in Europe (Venta Rapid)
  • Ice hockey is the most popular sport in Latvia.
  • Total land area of 63,589 sq km 
  • The largest religion is Christianity, with 79% of the population identifying with this.