Located in northeastern Europe, Latvia is one of the three nations known as the "the Baltics" and is located in the Baltic region between Estonia to the north and Lithuania to the south. Latvia has land borders with Russia to the east and Belarus to the southeast, while its western edge lies on the coast of the Baltic Sea, making Latvia a neighbor of Sweden, located across the sea. In the past, Latvia was under Russian control and, later on, it became part of the Soviet Union under the sovereignty of Moscow. Latvia separated from the Soviet Union and declared independence in 1990. Today, with a flourishing democracy, Latvia is a full member of the European Union and the OECD, and it is considered a growing, progressive nation.
Latvia's capital city, Riga, is home to over 600,000 residents, accounting for roughly one third of Latvia's population. The country's official language is Latvian, one of only two Baltic languages that are still actively in use (the other being Lithuanian). With that said, many of the country's citizens speak Russian, a remnant of the communist regime. Latvia boasts modern, thriving cities along side lush and diverse nature that includes expansive forests, wildlife, enchanting lakes and more, as well as picturesque villages and castles that dot the breathtaking natural landscape across the country.For Viewing Latvia in Google Maps - Click Here
Latvia's economy is classified as a progressive economy with high levels of income. The country is presently ranked 41st in the Human Development Index and is a member of many international economic organizations, including full membership in the European Union and the OECD.
Establishing a company in Latvia is the first step towards investing in the local market or in the global markets. Such a company can serve as an excellent base of activities in the European Union, in particular because of Latvia's free and well developed market, friendly regulatory environment, stable democratic government, and inexpensive workforce (salary levels in Latvia are lower than in its Baltic neighbors). Over the past few years, free market doctrine has led the Latvian government to privatize the vast majority of the country's governmental companies.
All this and more. Latvia has instituted a "Golden Visa" program aimed at attracting foreign investors. Amongst others, the program includes granting residency status, as a well as a range of benefits to investors and international businesses that wish to operate in the country.
Data from the previous year reveals that the overall GDP stands at approximately $61 billion and the per capita GDP at roughly $32,000 a year. Exports constitute over half of Latvia's GDP, with an emphasis on industries such as manufacturing, wood processing, automation, electronics, agricultural goods and food products.
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