Riga is the capital and largest city of Latvia, a major industrial, commercial, cultural and financial centre of the Baltics, and an important seaport, situated on the mouth of the river Daugava. It is the largest city of the Baltic states and third-largest in the Baltic region.

As an EU member state, the way of life in Riga isn't too different from that of Western Europe, a lot of people here can speak English and you can expect to find global brands such as McDonalds and Coca-Cola as easily as you can in the UK.

Riga's historical centre has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the city is particularly notable for its extensive German Art Nouveau architecture, which UNESCO considers to be unparalleled anywhere in the world.


The coldest months in Riga are January and February, when the average temperature is -5°C but temperatures as low as -20°C to -25°C can be observed almost every year on the coldest days. The summers in Riga are warm and humid with the average temperature of 18°C, while the temperature on the hottest days usually exceeds 30°C.


Riga also has several bridges across the river, the oldest being the Railway Bridge, which is also the only railroad carrying bridge in Riga. The Stone Bridge connects Old Town Riga and Pārdaugava, the Island Bridge connects Maskavas forštate and Pārdaugava via Zaķusala, and the Shroud Bridge connects Old Town Riga and Pārdaugava via Ķīpsala.


Public transport in the city is provided by a large fleet of trams, buses and trolleybuses on an extensive network of routes across the city, as well as private firms operating minibuses throughout the city.

You can take a look at Riga via a live webcam here: http://www.webviews.co.uk/network/camera/europe/latvia/rigawebcam.html


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