Data on trips of Latvian residents are used to identify data on recreational and business trips in Latvia and abroad (length of trip, destination, types of transport and expenditure during the trip), as well as on recreational trips in Latvia also within administrative territories (before 2009 data on recreational trips outside the borders of the administrative region were collected).


Trips with the purpose of gaining new knowledge and experience, conclusion of deals or execution of official duties, participation in congresses, seminars, exhibitions, fairs, presentation of lectures and participation in government missions.

Commonwealth of Independent States: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia (since September 2009 no longer belongs to the CIS), Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan (associate member), Ukraine (associate member), Uzbekistan.

EU-15 – 15 member states of European Union: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom.

EU-25 – EU-15 and Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Malta, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia after EU enlargement on 1 May 2004.

EU-27 – EU-25 and Romania and Bulgaria after EU enlargement on 1 January 2007.

EU-28 – EU-27 and Croatia after enlargement of the EU on 1 July 2013.

Several persons living in one dwelling and sharing expenditures or one person having separate housekeeping.

Trip outside the usual environment, main aim of which is spending weekend, holidays or vacation, visiting summer cottage or garden house, participating in excursion, attending theatre, SPA health resort without doctor's order, etc.

Total expenditure of travellers consists of the value of goods and services which travellers use during the preparation for the trip (advanced payments) and during the trip.

Expenditure of travellers does not include: capital investment or transaction which relates to land, buildings, real estate, works of art. Expenditure of foreign travellers also does not include expenditure on outward or inward journey. 

If purpose of the trip is studies, expenditure covered by money earned in the country of studies or from grant received, or other payments received at the place of stay are not included.

Activities of persons travelling to main destination outside their usual environment for not more than one consecutive year for business, leisure or other personal purpose, without purpose to be employed at the place of stay by local entrepreneur.

Any natural person travelling outside his/her usual environment.

Geographical territory (not always in nearby surroundings), where daily life of a person takes place and which is determined basing on the following criteria: crossing of administrative borders or distance from the place of residence, length, frequency and aim of the visit.

Data availability

Dissemination format and Release calendar

Theme Reference period Planned release datesort icon Remarks
Trips of Latvian residents
  • 2017

Theme Reference period Actual release datesort icon Remarks
Trips of Latvian residents
  • 2017
Trips of Latvian residents
  • 2016
Trips of Latvian residents
  • 2016
Trips of Latvian residents
  • 2015
Trips of Latvian residents
  • 2014

News releases


Download CSB publications on various time periods (starting from 2007) in section E-publications.

Data on tourism also are published in the monthly bulletins and the statistical yearbooks. Statistical yearbooks and monthly bulletins are available in E-publication section under topic "General statistics".


Data are collected and published using:

  • Classification of Administrative Territories and Territorial Units of the Republic of Latvia (CATTU);
  • Eurostat standard code list of geopolitical entities.

A Classification Catalogue with classification codes and their explanations has been published on the CSB website.

Customised data sets

If you would like to obtain statistical data that are not available in publications or in the CSB online data base, please send us an information request:
 - postal mail: 1 Lāčplēša Street, Riga, Latvia, LV-1301;
 - e-mail: info [at] csb [dot] gov [dot] lv;
 - visiting Information centre.

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Additional information

Results of the Population and Housing Census 2011 confirmed that the number of Latvian residents is smaller than the one previously used for data generalization obtained from Population Survey on recreational and business trips. Taking into account changes of population number, which occurred since the previous Population and Housing Census 2000, and recalculation of population number planned accordingly the latest Population and Housing Census results, also for the data of this survey corresponding adjustments will be carried out for years 2005–2011.

Starting with 2012 results of Population Survey on recreational and business trips are published using number of population determined in the Population and Housing Census.

Data collection

Survey method and data source

Data are obtained and collected from CSB statistical report form 1-C "Survey on trips".

Statistical population

Permanent residents of Latvia, who in the reference period live in individual households and are at least 15 years old.

Sample size

Two-stage sampling design is applied for the survey.

First stage sampling design is a stratified systematic pps sample (probabilities proportional to size, probability for inclusion of a unit in the sample is proportional to the size of the unit). Sample units are territories. There are four sample strata formed according to the urbanisation level of territories:

  • Riga;
  • Cities under state jurisdiction (excluding Riga);
  • Other cities;
  • Rural territories.

Systematic pps sample is formed applying self-rotating sample design. It means that each territory selected for the sample is repeatedly included in the sample for a certain number of times and then substituted with a different territory. The number of private dwellings in a territory is used as a sample size.

Second stage sampling design is the simple random sampling. Sample units are private dwellings.

Year Counting areas in the sample by quarter Number of dwellings in the sample by quarter
2014 545 545 545 545 2 950 2 950 2 950 2 950
2013 546 546 545 544 2 964 2 953 2 954 2 943
2012 542 541 545 544 2 940 2 926 2 950 2 952
2011 524 546 544 541 2 958 2 963 2 952 2 924
2010 390 546 546 546 2 955 2 953 2 958 2 962
2009 312 312 312 312 2 952 2 943 2 905 2 964

Statistical processing

Calculation methods

Data on the number of travellers, number of trips, overnight stays and expenditure during the trip are obtained generalizing information received in the surveys over the population.

The weight coefficients are calculated aplying the corresponding sample and information received from the survey. Dwelling design weights are calculated according to the probabilities to be included in the sample. Dwelling design weights are adjusted, applying the response homogeneity group method. Response homogeneity groups are formed from the primary sample units (territories).

Each respondent (person) is granted the respective dwelling weights. Individual weights are adjusted applying statistics on the number of permanent residents of Latvia at the beginning of the reference period in breakdown by age group (0–14; 15–19; 20–24; 25–29; 30–34; 35–39; 40–44; 45–49; 50–54; 55–59; 60–64; 65–69; 70–74; 75+), sex and the level of urbanisation of the residential area (four levels: Riga, other cities under state jurisdiction according to Classification of Administrative Territories and Territorial Units of the Republic of Latvia (CATTU), other towns and rural territories.

Data revision

The data published are final and are not revised.


Comparability over time

Data on trips of Latvian residents are available since 2005, but data are comparable since 2012.

International comparability


Information on tourism in EU-28 and on every country separately is available in the home page of the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat): Statistics / Industry, trade and services / Tourism / Database.


Confidentiality of the information provided by respondents is protected by the Section 17 of the Statistics Law stipulating rights and obligations of the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia and other state authorities producing official statistics. Read more

Contact person on methodology

Name Surname Phone number Position Email
Edīte Miezīte 67366810 daļas vadītājs

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Activities of tourism merchants

Indicators of resident and non-resident travelers

Latvian hotels and other accommodation establishments

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