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Latvia has few large towns outside the capital so the buzz is almost entirely restricted to the casino and nightclub metropolis of Riga and the beach resorts of Jurmala just to the northwest of the capital.

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As Estonia opens up to Finland and Lithuania turns southwards towards Poland, Latvia - especially Riga - sometimes seems like the first colonial outpost of the Russian mafia.

Certainly there seems to be a heavier than usual presence of cheap discos (with obligatory flatheads standing outside) and limousines with blacked out windows cruising through the capital.

And Russian is, of course, spoken everywhere: approximately fifty percent of Rigans are native speakers of Russian rather than Latvian.


 

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