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Living conditions

Cost of living


The average gross monthly wage in Latvia in the 3rd quarter of 2018 was EUR 1 006.

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

Average food prices during the 2nd quarter of 2018 were as follows: pork EUR 4.50/kg; sausages, frankfurters EUR 5/kg; chicken fillet EUR 5.70/kg; cheese EUR 5–8/kg; milk EUR 0.90/litre; bread EUR 0.5–1; potatoes EUR 0.5/kg; beer (in shops) EUR 0.7–1.3/500 ml. On average, a meal in a restaurant costs EUR 20 to EUR 40. The price of electricity is from EUR 15.65/100 kWh, while the average price per litre of 95 grade fuel is EUR 1.274 (25 April 2019). A cup of coffee in a café or a restaurant — EUR 1.57. A cinema ticket — EUR 6.54. One visit to a swimming pool — EUR 7.00.


Text last edited on: 07/2019

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