Latvia is a country on the Baltic Sea between Lithuania and Estonia known for its strong national identity, diverse culture, modern cities and landscapes ranging from wide beaches to dense, sprawling forests.
History / Basics
Latvia borders Estonia, Russia, Belarus, and Lithuania. It is situated on a trading crossroads and has long since served as a bridge between Western Europe and Russia. The famous ‘route of the Vikings to the Greeks’ mentioned in ancient chronicles stretched from Scandinavia through Latvian territory along the Daugava River to the ancient Russian and Byzantine Empire.
Latvia’s capital is Riga, home to museums and churches, notable wooden and art nouveau architecture, a vast Central Market and a medieval Old Town.
Latvia’s main export partners are Lithuania, Russia and Estonia while its main import partners are Lithuania, Germany and Poland.
The Latvian flag is one of the oldest in the world. Written records of the red-white-red Latvian flag have existed since the second half of the 13th century. The distinctive dark red color of the Latvian flag is sometimes referred to, by the rest of the world, as ‘Latvian red’.
As some jobs are advertised online it’s possible to apply for work while still in the UK. Typical application methods include a CV and covering letter, with some larger companies using application forms. CVs are typically similar to those used in the UK. Your CV and covering letter should be tailored to each specific job that you apply for. Make sure your covering letter explains why you’re applying for the role and want to work for that company in Latvia.
The majority of graduate jobs are likely to be found in Riga, the capital, and employers usually require a good command of Latvian.
Where can you work?
Major industries: processed foods, wood products, textiles, processed metals, transit, synthetic fibres, electronics and pharmaceuticals.
Major companies: Grindex Pharmaceuticals (pharmaceuticals), Phillip Morris International (tobacco company), KPMG (professional services), Latvenergo (utilities), Lattelecom (IT and telecommunications), Tele2 (telecommunications), AirBaltic (national airline).
The foreigners who stay in Latvia on the basis of a temporary residence permit and who are not linked only to one employer, as well as the foreigners who have received a permanent residence permit, can obtain the information about the newest vacancies in the labour market by using the following internet resources:
http://cvvp.nva.gov.lv/ (information is available only in Latvian)
http://www.cv.lv/ (information is available in Latvian, English and Russian)
http://www.sidc.lv/ (information is available in the Latvian, Russian and English)
http://www.workingday.lv (information is available in Latvian and English)
www.ss.lv/lv/work/ (information is available in Latvian and Russian)
A few web portal are here for temporary or Full time jobs:
Accommodation / Mobile / Tax / General
When you looking for an apartment abroad, It normally like to start with the country-specific apartment search engines and portals. Here are the most popular ones.
www.apartmentsapart.com : If you’re searching for apartments in Riga, try out Apartments Apart.
www.eng.meeting.lv : Normally this site has just a handful of Riga vacancies.
Classifieds and Real Estate Agents.
You can often find some hidden gems if you dig through the classifieds and real estate agent listings.
www.lilarealty.lv : Give this real estate agency a call. They have been around since 1999.
www.rentinriga.lv : Rent/Lease / Apartments. Choose currency. LVL, EUR, USD. Rent/Lease; Rent short term; Buy. House, Apartment, Office, Commercial area, Warehouse, Land.
You may search apartment with following websites :
Do I need a work permit?
Latvia is a member of the European Union and part of the Schengen treaty agreement which consequently ensures priority for all EU (EFTA, EEA) Member Country nationals to reside and work freely in Latvia without cause for a work permit. All other foreign nationals (citizens from out with the EU member states) are legally required to obtain a work visa to undertake full time employment in Latvia. This particular type of work permit is applied for through the Latvia Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs Department.
An individual’s business and salary income is taxable, as at 2015, at the rate of 23%. The tax rate for An individual’s capital gain is 15%.The tax rate for other investment income is 10%.
Mobile and Internet :
Network of Wi-Fi wireless Internet free-of-charge is growing in Riga Jurmala and in all Latvia rapidly. Additional devices are not necessary to use WiFi wireless Internet. All notebooks, smart-phones, iPads connect to numerous free Wifi internet access points in Jurmala Riga Latvia without problems. There are four main providers in Latvia : Latvian Mobile Telephone Co (LMT GSM), SIA Bite Latvija, TELE2.