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The 2009 Diversity Conference will be held in Riga, Latvia from 16-on 19 June 2009.

Conference Venue

Riga International School of Economics and Business Administration (RISEBA)
Meza iela 1, Building 6
Riga, Latvia


Data projectors with computers will be provided in all of the parallel session rooms. We recommend that you bring your PowerPoint presentation on a USB memory stick. In addition, your presentation will need to be saved with the file suffix ‘.ppt’, not ‘.pptx’. The computers in the presentation rooms will not ‘recognize’ a PowerPoint presentation saved in the 2007 format (.pptx).

Travel to the Conference

Riga International Airport
Information: +371 6720 7009
The airport is located 13km from the centre of Riga.

Riga International Bus station
1 Pragas Street
Riga, LV-1050
Information +371 900 0009
Ticket reservation +371 900 1111
Ticket booth for international routes +371 67212402

Central Terminal Station
1 Stacijas laukums (Railway square)
Riga, LV-1050
Imformation phone: +371 6723 1181
Booking phone: +371 6721 6664, +371 6723 3397, +371 6723 2133


For the majority of the countries, there is no need for a visa. Those who do require a visa in principle, but have a valid Schengen visa (which covers most of European countries), also can enter Latvia without any problem. General information about visa issues may be obtained from the website of the Office for Citizenship and Migration Affairs at Specific information on visas is available at

For further information, contact:
State Incoming Department
Customs Office, Legal Department’s Consultation Division
Kr. Valdemara iela 1a, Riga
Tel: +371 67507252, +371 67507253, +371 67507254


Latvia’s weather features a temperate maritime climate, with mild summers, moderate winters and frequently high levels of humidity and precipitation.

  • Summer: June - August.
  • Winter: December - February.
  • The average temperature in summer is 15.8°C, and in winter is -4.5°C.
  • The warmest month: July.
  • The coldest month: January.
  • The average precipitation amount in summer is 195 mm, and in winter is 116 mm.


Latvian is a Baltic language that belongs to the Indo-European language family. Its only linguistic relative is Lithuanian, and is considered to be among the oldest and least changed of all living Indo-European languages in the world. It is estimated that 1.5 million people worldwide use Latvian as their primary language. English and Russian are widely spoken throughout Latvia, while German, French and the Scandinavian languages are also frequently heard.


Name: Lats
Code: LVL
Symbol: Ls
Latvia’s national currency is the lats consisting of 100 santims. Banknotes have nominal values of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 500 lats, while coins have nominal values of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 santims, and 1, 2 and 100 lats.


The power supply voltage in Latvia is 220V, 50Hz, European-style 2-pin plugs.

For all inquiries please email the Conference organisers, Common Ground, by clicking this link.