Europe

Latvia

The Basics

Currency
Euro
Language
Latvian
Religions
Unspecified 64%
Lutheran 20%
Orthodox 15%
Other 1%

Though Latvia declared its independence in 1918, it was invaded by Germany in World War II and later became part of the Soviet Union. The impact of the last century is still evident throughout the country.

Less than 40% of the population practice any religion at all, and only 7% of those who claim Christianity attend church regularly.
Often called the “fatherless nation,” Latvia is home to thousands of young people whose families suffer brokenness due to the high unemployment, depression, and substance abuse.

Will you share the love of God the Father in Latvia?

Culture
Latvians tend to be polite, formal, and reserved during initial meetings. Periods of silence are to be expected during conversations, and interruption someone is considered rude. When in public, avoid loud voices and displays of emotion like anger or frustration.

Latvians value their personal space—around an arm’s length or more with strangers, but less with friends and family. There tends to very little to no touching during conversations.
Explore
If you are near Liepaja, take a tour of the city! There’s a beach nearby, and a Soviet-era prison has been turned into Karosta Hotel.

Slide down an alpine slide in Sigulada, and then go explore nearby castles and caves.

Old Riga contains beautiful preserved gothic architecture, a booming food scene, and lots of shopping. You can rent a bike very inexpensively and spend the day touring the city.

On the Ground

Posts from racers on the ground in Latvia

Upcoming Latvia Routes

These routes help make a difference in this country by serving alongside local ministries. You can join them!

All Routes