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Reasons to choose Latvia for health tourism!

Latvia is a very attractive destination for a medical tourist as treatments and consultations are available for around 50-60% less than for instance in the UK. For example, a hip or knee operation will cost around £4,000 in Latvia, compared with the UK where it will typically cost around £8,000. Equally, the bill for a face lift in the UK could well be £6,000 plus but in Latvia it will be under £2,800. Private hospitals have modern medical equipment and experienced doctors/surgeons that speak several European languages. Patients requiring knee, hip or shoulder surgery and all types of orthopaedic operations are treated in Latvia along with very good value for money; highly professional surgeons with a very good attitude and quality of care, MRSA regulations are compliant with European regulations.

Riga is the largest city of the three Baltic States; it is a charming and sophisticated place and is growing in popularity as a city-break destination. Trams hurtle along the city’s wide boulevards passing many an interesting Art Nouveau-styled building, as well as the occasional reminder of post Soviet rule in buildings. Take a walk along the narrow cobbled streets of the Old Town which dates back to 1201 to marvel at ancient buildings such as the Riga Dome Cathedral, along with the Three Brothers houses, the Occupation Museum of Latvia (1940 – 1991) which houses archives and memorabilia from the Nazi and Russian occupation, and Rīga Castle where the Latvian History Museum and the Foreign Art Museum are also located. Afterward relax with a Latvian beer in one of the many pubs, which will have some live music as the Latvians are known for being very musical.

Latvian hot spots include a visit to the medieval castle in Cēsis, the rapids on the River Gauja and the beaches on the ‘Baltic Riviera’. The Baltic coastline is unique white sandy beaches stretching for 500 kilometres, among biosphere reserves and national parks. The most popular beaches are Liepāja, Ventspils and Jurmala, which is just a half hour train ride from Riga with more than a little hint of the Mediterranean. Latvia is also great place for the cycling enthusiast with flat roads, unpolluted air, beautiful hills, forests, sprawling countryside and interesting villages to see.

Latvian is the official language, Russian, English, German and other languages are also spoken. Latvia has a maritime climate with wet, moderate winters. Summers are nicely warm and sometimes cloudy in Riga with an average temperature of 17 degrees Celsius and an average winter temperature in January of minus 4 degrees.

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