Vibrant nightlife in Riga

Today Riga has a population of about 815,000, making it the largest city in the Baltic states although recent migration has seen the population on the decline since 1990. The population is mainly split between Latvians and Russians at about 40% each.

Tourism has grown substantially with the rise of cheap flight airlines. Once a favourite holiday destination for Russians, Riga now has a reputation for its vibrant nightlife and the city attracts many young visitors each year to its many bars and clubs.

It is a major destination for stag party outings from Britain and this has brought problems of drunken behaviour by gangs of young men in city centre streets as well as a major growth in lap dancing and sex clubs.