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Riga is the capital and largest city of Latvia. Riga is a major industrial, commercial, cultural and financial centre of the Baltics, and an important seaport.Latvia is in Eastern Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea, between Estonia and Lithuania. The climate is maritime with wet, moderate winters.The official language is Latvian. Latvian and Russian are the main languages, while Russian and English are most commonly used in international business meetings. Some younger-generation Latvians, particularly in Riga, speak excellent English. German and French are also spoken. Visitors should be sensitive about using Russian and German, which can offend people because of memories of Latvia's occupation by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. Use English first before venturing other languages. The main religion is Christianity.The economy of Latvia was until the middle of 2008 the fastest growing economy in Europe. It has had high GDP growth since 2000. In 2003, GDP growth was 7.5% and inflation was 2.9%. Unemployment was 8.8% in 2003, almost unchanged compared to the previous two years. Privatization is mostly complete, except for some of the large state-owned utilities. In May 2004, Latvia joined the European Union.Latvians are generally somewhat reserved, but hospitable. Expatriate business dress is conservative, comprising suits. Businesswomen are expected to dress conservatively.The security risk for expatriates in Latvia is low. Risks include low levels of petty crime and car theft. Other risks include harassment, particularly of people belonging to visible ethnic and religious minority groups.The currency of Latvia is the Euro (EUR). All major credit cards are accepted and there are plenty of ATMs.Medical facilities are good, however the cost of treatment for expatriates from outside the EU can be high.The population of Riga is 1.1 Million (Metro) (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 2.3% for Latvia as at October 2019.Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Latvia is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 31.4%.