You might be pleasantly surprised to know that Latvia has the highest ratio of women to men according to the Guinness book of records. You will be even more impressed when you see what these women look like.
It is no exaggeration to say that the old town section of Riga, the capital of Latvia, resembles a fashion runway. Not only does Latvia have more women than any other country but these women are in a word simply stunning!
Once you recover from the shock of how attractive the women of Latvia are the next reaction you will most likely have is how friendly they seem. The women in Latvia are not only beautiful they are also kind, friendly and curious about western visitors to their city. If you see a women on the streets of Riga, simply give her a smile and if she returns it, go up and say hello.
This is not a guarantee that she will want to date you of course, but there are certainly many more unpleasant ways to spend an afternoon than chatting with a model looking Latvian women in old town Riga.
Latvian girls are from a small country on the Baltic Coast. Latvia borders Estonia to the north, Lithuania to the south, Belarus to the south-east, and Russia to the east.
The first thing you need to understand about Latvian women is that they are by no means all beauty and no brains. Latvia, like all the countries of the in the former Soviet Union still has a world class education system and Latvia has a university entrance rate that puts most western countries to shame. About 39% of Latvian girls know English, probably even more among young women.
The women in Latvia tend to be better educated than their male countrymen. So when you are talking to her you need to respect the fact that she is probably going to be more educated than you are and wise in the way of worldly matters. If you talk down to her you are not going to get very far at all.
When you approach a Latvian woman you should smile at her and look her in the eyes. Give her a brief handshake if it is your first meeting. Latvians are a private people and do not generally discuss things of a personal nature even among friends. So if you ask her personal questions and she seems hesitant to give you a full answer you should not be put off as this is a cultural trait.
While Latvian women are very friendly they can also be quite reserved. If she seems like she is not as responsive as you would like, again this may be a matter of cultural miscommunication. Simply treat her as a lady and continue to talk with her and she will open up to you over time.
In general Latvians tend to be more formal around friends, family and strangers than most people in the United States are. Americans who tend to being more informal can sometimes come across as abrasive to Latvians. Just remember to maintain good manners when you are talking with your Latvian date and you will find that there are few problems.
About 30% of Latvian women are actually ethnic Russians, which has caused some political problems recently. Latvia probably has a more tense relationship with Russia than any of the nations of the former Soviet Union. There have been a whole series of disputes mostly centering on World War II history, oddly enough.
Latvia also has the reputation of being like it neighbor Estonia to the north as being more of a Scandinavian country than a Slavic country, which apparently means that the women are more relaxed and cosmopolitan than Russian girls or Ukrainian babes.
Well, at least that's what they would like us to believe. It might actually be true since a full 63% of Latvians claim no religious affiliation, but that number is considerably lower among the women in Latvia. Among Latvians that claim any affiliation Lutherans leads the way at 19%.
Another important consideration when dating a woman from Latvia is your clothes. If your taste in clothing tends more towards shorts and flip flops and you are not planning on changing then you may want to consider a country like the Philippines where this will be less of an impediment to finding a quality international girlfriend or wife. Simply by walking around the old town area of Riga you will see that Latvians and the women in particular, like to dress up.
If you want to meet and attract one of these beauties then you need to do the same. Think blazer, good quality slacks, a nice button up shirt and leather shoes. Make sure that you hair is neatly cut and that you are clean shaven. For some of you this may mean having to make a few changes to your wardrobe but I think you will find that it is worth it if it means having a super model type hanging off your arm.
So in general you want to be a little more traditional and formal in both your approach and your appearance. Spend a little more on your clothes than you normally would and make sure that you are presenting yourself at your best. And watch your manners when you are talking to her.
The basics of acting like a gentleman is the same in Latvia as it is in the rest of the world. Open the door for her before entering a room, pull out her chair, and stand when she enters the room. This may seem a little stiff if you are not used to it but your behaviour will be appreciated.
If you are taking your new Latvian lady out on a date I would recommend a stroll around the old town of Riga. There are many different historic buildings and monuments for you to look at. You can also spend time in one of the cafes and discuss some of the things that you have seen. Allow her to act as a tour guide as she takes you around this historic city.
When you are at the cafe remember that it is considered normal for the man to pay for the meal. Even though Latvian women tend to be better educated than their male counterparts the culture of the country is still traditional and men are meant to be the main bread winners. This is not her trying to take advantage of you but just the way that things are done.
If you want to purchase her a gift I would recommend getting something small but tasteful like a piece of jewellery. You do not need to try and buy her love but she will appreciate this small gesture and show that you are committed to moving the relationship forward when you return to your home country.
Latvia is a modern country, but it is also one with a long and storied history. If you want to really impress your Latvian date it can be a good idea to bone up the details of Latvia's history.
If you show that you have a genuine interest in her country (and not just lovely face and body) then she will be much warmer towards you. It also gives you a good conversational point to start from because you can ask her questions about the history of her country and the historic buildings in Riga.
One of the advantages of courting Latvian brides instead of a girl from Lithuania or Estonia is that Riga, the capital of Latvia, is a largest city in the Baltic States. It has a good international airport and it is not at all hard to book a decent flight into the city.
Also, Riga has the reputation as a great tourist destination full of a lot of medieval buildings, historic sites, and lots of bars, and since it is a member of the European Union it is relatively easy to obtain a visa to meet Latvian singles.
In fact, Riga has earned a largely unwanted reputation as one of the best cheap party towns in Europe. Apparently, lots of Brits travel there for bachelor parties, drink way too much, and behave badly. In fact, there was a small diplomatic row between Latvia and the United Kingdom over the issue.
An August 2009 article in the British newspaper the Telegraph explained that...
A major sore point has been (British) tourists who urinate on central Riga's imposing Freedom Monument, a symbol of Latvia's struggle against centuries of foreign domination.
Now that is funny!
However, for you the point is that Riga is a great party town with lots and lots of hot Latvian girls. So, a Latvian bride might be the right choice for you and you could certainly have a great time partying there, but please, just don't embarrass yourself or you countrymen while you're there!