Population

1,907,675

Official language

Latvian

Currency

Euro

Capital

Riga

Time Zone

UTC+2 (EET); Summer UTC+3 (EEST)

Dialling Code

+371

Area (sq. miles)

24,938

GDP

$37.720 bn

VAT on Books

12% for books and 21% on eBooks 

Fixed Book Price Systems

No

Trade Associations

Latvian Publishers Association (Latvijas Gramatizdeveju Asociacija or LPA)
Latvian Booksellers Association +371 67501562
Latvian Book Guild 
Latvian Writers’ Union
Latvian Board on Books for Young People
Latvian Librarians Association 

Statistics

  • Book Industry in Latvia (Renāte Punka, LPA, London Book Fair Market Focus, 2018) 
  • Latvian Book Market Catalogue (Latvian Literature2018) 
  • Book market statistics (PA, 2017) [link to download/view] 
  • Latvia’s report to the Federation of European Publishers (June 2017) [link to download/view]

Annual Book Fairs

Latvian Book Fair is held over 3 days in March in Riga. 

Translations Programmes

The Support for Foreign Publishers Publishing Latvian Literature Programme finances the translation and production of Latvian works.
Latvian Writers Union provides grants for foreign publishes to translate and publish Latvian works. 

Contact: lrs@rakstnieciba.lv  

Trade Magazines

Latvian Literature is a web resource for publishing and writing professionals. 

Book News is a weekly subscription-based publication from the Latvian Booksellers Association. 

Useful Contacts

British Council

mail@britishcouncil.lv 

British Embassy

Email: BritishEmbassy.Riga@fco.gov.uk
Tel: +371 6 777 4700

Department for International Trade

Email: BritishEmbassy.Riga@fco.gov.uk
Tel: +371 6 777 4700

Booksellers
Distributors