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Language: Latvian
Capital: Riga
Population: 2,261,100
Currency: Lats (LVL)
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Latvia is a Baltic country. It is a member state of the European Union as well as the Schengen Agreement. It boarders with Estonia, Lithuania, Russia and Belarus. There are a lot of young people just hitchhiking around the country, to their hometowns, festivals etc. Especially during summer, so most probably you'll meet someone on the road as well. People are used to hitchhikers and it is fairly easy to get a lift. Even in the middle of nowhere, along important routes, even along the E67 (Via Baltica), it's quite easy to get a ride.


It is allowed to hitchhike in Latvia (at least there are no laws which forbid that), but of course in places where you do not danger road safety. It is a common practice here to use signs of the cities, countries where you want to get a ride to, but thumb also works fine.



Latvian population is divided in two parts. Latvian speaking and Russian speaking (especially in the East). Most of Latvians will know both languages, especially adults. So if you know some Russian feel free to use it. Most of young people will speak English as well. Or if no, will at least try, if they see you are a foreigner who needs help. Some people might speak German as well.

You can also check Eastern Europe phrasebook to catch some words.