European charm, sophisticated architecture, sandy beaches and well-groomed nature attract people to Latvia with a wide variety of ideas about good rest. History connoisseurs are interested in its medieval towns and castles, gourmets study the menus of expensive restaurants, young people fill up nightclubs, and fans of outdoor activities travel around the country on bicycles, exchanging them for downhill skiing in winter. The beaches of elegant Jurmala are comfortable for everyone - families with children, lovers of water sports, who want to improve their health in local sanatoriums and those who just want to be in silence.
The undoubted advantages of Latvia are its close location, convenient transport links and reasonable prices for rest.
From mid-spring to early summer, the weather is dry and sunny. This is the time for excursions and trips around the country, and in the second half of June you can already count on swimming in the lakes. In July-August, when the sea water temperature reaches its maximum, the country's Baltic resorts experience a massive influx of tourists.
September is full of cheerful fairs, and European-style mild October is the time for yellow leaves and romantic walks under an umbrella. Winter comes along with Christmas discounts, festive markets and the joyful anticipation of the New Year. January and February are the busiest times in the ski resorts of Latvia.
Elegant Jurmala with gentle sandy beaches, pine trees and modern tourist infrastructure is considered the best seaside resort in the country. It has incorporated a dozen villages stretching for 30 km along the Gulf of Riga, each with its own specialization.
The proximity to Riga allows you to diversify your vacation in Jurmala with a rich excursion and cultural program.
Quiet Liepaja beckons with home comfort and a wide city beach with fine white sand. And although in summer it is cooler and more windy here than in Jurmala, the well-warmed shallow sea attracts many vacationers with children to the resort.
A little away from the city beach of Liepaja, there is the largest nudist beach in Latvia.
The wide beach of Ventspils is separated from the city buildings by low dunes, through which wooden decks are laid. It was the first in Latvia to acquire an infrastructure that fully meets European standards.
Latvia is a beautiful and ancient country located in northern Europe, the very heart of the Baltics. Historical cities, ancient castles and fortresses, magnificent sandy beaches with a total length of more than 500 kilometers, forests and rivers, national reserves, unique culture, nature, traditions - all the reasons to visit Latvia cannot be counted.
But if you do decide to give it a try, start with its capital. Riga is one of the most beautiful European cities, its historical center, the mysterious Old Riga, is entirely included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Here are located the majestic ancient cathedrals, "cinema" streets, museums, the famous bridges over the Daugava, Riga Castle and one of the largest (and unusual) markets in Europe.
Apart from these obvious advantages, Riga is very hospitable, cheerful, bright, understandable and close.
She is loved both by generations of people who grew up in the USSR and daydreaming about her both abroad and by young people who come here on their desired vacation.
Everyone will find here entertainment and something to their liking!
But you shouldn't limit your acquaintance with Latvia to Riga alone, no matter how good it is.
The most interesting cities in Latvia - Sigulda, Cesis, Ventspils, Daugavpils, are also waiting for guests.
Everyone is attractive in their own way - fans of alpine skiing and endless spaces go to tiny Cesis. These places are sometimes called the "Latvian Alps".
If the snow-white slopes do not appeal to you, come to Cesis to see ancient castles, as well as numerous festivals - they take place every weekend in summer.
Sigulda, an ancient city surrounded by the Gauja National Park, is no less interesting for the traveler. The most famous museum-reserve of Latvia, Turaida Castle, is located here.
The leaders of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have put forward an ultimatum to the leadership of the European Union. They insist that Brussels allocate money for one of the largest infrastructure projects in the region - the Rail Baltica railway. It should connect the Baltic states with the rest of European countries using high-speed trains. Otherwise, Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius threaten to block the distribution of financial assistance to the European Union to combat the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. Details - in the material "Izvestia".
“Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are determined to secure funding for the construction of the high-speed rail line Rail Baltica, which will connect them to the rest of the European Union, even if they need to slow down the [EU] Economic Recovery Fund as a ransom. ", - Politico reports. At the disposal of the publication was a letter that the leaders of the three Baltic states sent to Antonio Costa, Prime Minister of Portugal, presiding over the EU Council. In it, they demand to allocate € 1.4 billion from the budget to finance the project.
Rail Baltica was supposed to receive money from the EU budget. The EU states agreed on this during the negotiations in July last year. Then the leaders of the countries approved a draft budget of € 1.8 trillion and a package for economic recovery, and also promised to give € 1.4 billion "to complete the construction of the missing main cross-border railways between the countries of cohesion in order to support the functioning of the single market."
Many were convinced that this was Rail Baltica. However, this requires the consent of the European Parliament. And its deputies, although they support the very idea of building a railway, oppose the allocation of money for any separate project.
MPs refer to the Connecting Europe Facility mechanism, which is based on the principle: money should be distributed on a competitive basis, and not provided just because some countries insist on it. In turn, the Baltic states argue that the European Parliament cannot cancel the agreement reached in July between the leaders of the European Union. By the way, on January 22, negotiations were held between the European Parliament, the EU Council and the European Commission. At the meeting, they discussed this issue, but they never came to anything. It is not yet known when the next meeting will take place.
Visualization of the Rail Baltica railway project
As noted by the Minister of Transport of Latvia Talis Linkays, while in Brussels there is no clear position on the construction of the railway. “The struggle for a multi-year budget in the EU is very similar to what is happening in the formation of the budget of Latvia. There are different interests in Europe too. So there is not enough money for everyone. During the negotiations, we insist that the reserved funds be sufficient for the Rail Baltica project. So far, we do not see real support in the European Parliament. Therefore, the leaders of the Baltic states had to give a rather tough signal to their European partners that this is one of our “red lines”, ”the official explained. At the same time, Linkites hopes that Brussels will still allocate money and the issue will be resolved.
The Baltic states otherwise threaten to annoy other EU countries - to slow down the launch of the EU economic recovery fund to overcome the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in the amount of € 750 billion. Initially, Poland and Hungary actively interfered with the adoption of measures to rescue the economy, but they later backtracked.
Visualization of the project of the Rail Baltica railway station in Riga
It is planned to distribute 13% of the planned funds among the countries in the spring - this is the first installment. In Brussels, the EU countries are rushing to start ratifying the plans as soon as possible - every EU state must do this, since such financial decisions are made by consensus.
Only then will the European Commission begin to consider each plan and make a decision on the distribution of funds. It is assumed that this process will take several months and the money will be at the disposal of the European Commission by this summer. If the Baltic countries start to delay ratification, then other EU members will have to wait much longer for the money to come to rebuild their economies. So far, the plans have been ratified by only two countries of the European Union - Cyprus and Croatia.
Since Latvia's accession to the European Union, the level of medical care in the country has reached the European level. The prices for medical and health-improving services remained at the level available to the citizens of Latvia.
This is the reason why people come to the country for treatment not only from Russia, but also from European countries. Indeed, even according to the most conservative estimates, the cost of living and treatment will be much lower than, for example, in clinics in Moscow or Berlin.
Medical tourism in Latvia is supported at the state level. There is a special Medical Tourism Center that provides assistance to foreign citizens.
Medical personnel are systematically trained and re-certified in the best clinics:
Also, an important factor for patients from Russia is the absence of a language barrier and the familiar mentality of our neighbors.
Most of the medical procedures for which citizens of our country travel to Latvia do not require long-term treatment. Thus, dental or ophthalmological care can be obtained in just one day.
Some types of cosmetic procedures and aesthetic surgeries take from one to five days. Such medical interventions most often do not even require a hospital stay and are fully medical tourism.
However, Russians often come for research, surgery and subsequent rehabilitation. Medical institutions in Latvia are ready to accept Russian citizens for long-term treatment that requires preliminary planning.
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Already in June, after passing the USE or exams, graduates turn into applicants. Many girls and boys from the Russian Federation are attracted by the prospect of getting an education in Latvia, and not without reason.
The universities of this cozy and wise country have partner universities in Europe. In other words, you can not just graduate from a Western-style higher school, but get two diplomas at once - in the republic and in another EU country. Such a student can undergo an internship in Europe and get the first job there.
Besides, the universities of Latvia encourage students' scientific activities in every possible way and provide them with grant support. It is not difficult to open a visa for this purpose, the cost of education is acceptable, there is an opportunity to earn a living in Latvia, however, on a part-time basis.
The Europeanization of the country began long ago. Since the 2000s, the education system in Latvia has been Bologna in all institutions.
Family Russians are interested in the issue of children visiting kindergartens (including nursery groups). This opportunity is provided by public and private institutions that are bilingual (Russian and Latvian) and provide services in the official language of the country.
Children have been accepted there since the age of 18 months. Subsequent schooling will become easier for those who have completed the initial stage, although it is not compulsory.
There are queues for municipal institutions. To regulate the process, there is a special order of registration, which is special in each local government. You can also get in line for a ticket to the kindergarten through the portal of electronic services www. riga. v. The progress of applicants is also tracked there. In some offices of the registry office, you can submit a package of documents to the queue upon receipt of a birth certificate. In the capital, a written application is accepted at the Education Department or at the Riga City Council Visitor Center.
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