Living and working conditions

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Living conditions

Cost of living


The average gross monthly wage in Latvia in the first quarter of 2018 was EUR 960.

30–40% of the monthly wage is spent on rent and utility payments. Average consumer prices in Latvia do not differ significantly from average prices in other European countries. For certain product groups, e.g. local vegetables, fuel, cigarettes, etc., however, the prices are comparatively lower.

Average food prices: meat EUR 6/kg; sausages EUR 5/kg; chicken EUR 4.5/kg; cheese EUR 5–8/kg; milk EUR 0.90/litre; bread EUR 0.5–1; potatoes EUR 0.5/kg; beer, price in shops EUR 0.7–1.3/500 ml). An average restaurant meal costs between EUR 20 and EUR 40. The price of electricity is from EUR 15.33/100 kWh upward, while the average price per litre of 95 grade fuel is EUR 1.30 (05/07/2018).

Text last edited on: 09/2018

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