Success tips when doing business in Latvia in 2024

doing business in Latvia

  1. Entrepreneurs must prepare a substantial study of Latvian markets. It should include i) an understanding of different market demands & changes ii) a strong feasibility study and iii) research on local competition;
  2. We advise our Clients not to engage in businesses that rely on the Russian market. Russia has repeatedly imposed embargos on products from the EU;
  3. “Hello” in Latvian is “sveiki” and “thank you” is “paldies”;
  4. Latvian business meetings follow strict hierarchy. Follow the pre-written agenda and do not interrupt the leading speaker;
  5. Alcoholic beverages might be served during business meetings;
  6. Be careful of your reputation. Due to the small size of the markets, all competitors know each other well and negative remarks and other comments can spread very rapidly;
  7. Clients should be careful when dealing with business partners from different ethnicities. Underlying ethnic tensions could mean Russian businessmen are unwilling to partner with Latvians and vice versa;
  8. If you consider doing business in Latvia, you might as well expand your business in the neighboring Baltic states, due to their high interconnectivity;
  9. You should always carry your business card, preferably having a translation in Latvian and Russian on the back;
  10. During your business conversations, try not to enter into debates about World War II with Latvians, as it is a very sensitive subject for them.

Interesting facts about Latvia?

  1. Latvia has been a member of the United Nations since September 17th, 1991. In 2004 the country joined the European Union and NATO, and in 2014, it joined the Eurozone;
  2. Latvia’s most developed industries include i) woodworking ii) metalworking and electronics iii) transportation and logistics iv) information technology v) life sciences vi) healthcare services and vii) greentech;
  3. The official, and most used language of Latvia is Latvian and Russian is the second most common language;
  4. Latvia is in many ways very modern. You can do your tax declaration online, and the tax regime is very simple;
  5. Latvia is one of three countries known as the “Baltic States”. The other Baltic State countries are Estonia and Lithuania;
  6. Latvia was one of the most economically well-off and industrialized parts of the Soviet Union. The country declared its independence from the Soviet Union, along with the other two Baltic States on 21 August 1991;
  7. Christianity is the largest religion in Latvia, although only 7% of the population regularly attend church services;
  8. About one third of the Latvian population resides in the capital city of Riga;
  9. Latvia is a relatively safe country, with decreasing crime rates and overall courteous drivers, according to the US Bureau of Diplomatic Security;
  10. Compared to most European countries, Latvia has a great number of state-owned companies. There are more than 140 state-owned companies amongst which the largest ones are providers of infrastructure services.

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