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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUFor the second consecutive year, Riga’s Christmas fairs have been recognized as the second economic for residents. Riga is outshined only by Prague in terms of Christmas fairs and offers they provide.

Riga is also recognized as the best place to buy Christmas gifts, as concluded in the latest Christmas fair barometer compiled by the British Post Office.

In order to determine the most economic city for Christmas holidays, experts looked at prices for four cups of coffee, two meals for two people (including the price of a bottle of home wine), the price of two tickets from the airport to the city centre, four glasses of hot wine at Christmas fair and the prices for two nights in a hotel and airline tickets to and from for two people.

Christmas holidays turned out to be the cheapest in Prague – GBP 541.02, which is one-third cheaper than in Brussels (GBP 809.81). Riga is on the second place – GBP 553.70. Travel expenses in Riga are equal to Prague, but local expenses are two-times larger than those in Prague. Transport and eating out costs in Prague come to GBP 63.53. In Riga, however, these costs come to GBP 139.45.

Tallinn is on the third place; a weekend in this city would cost British tourists GBP 566.00.

It is concluded in the survey that Riga is the cheapest of five cities of Eurozone. Although Latvia only joined Eurozone this year, unlike other cities, prices in Riga remain relatively on the same level. This makes Riga a great place to buy Christmas gifts. A comparison of prices shows that expenses in Riga are generally 5% cheaper than prices in London.

According to Post Office representative Andrew Brown, the value of British pound in comparison with European currencies has increased significantly this year. This means the British have more money at their disposal when travelling. Nevertheless, it is still important to properly assess expenses and positions when travelling to some famous Christmas destination. The barometer shows that destinations in Eastern Europe (Prague and Riga) offer the best prices.

The barometer includes ten European cities – Prague, Riga, Tallinn, Budapest, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Lille, Berlin, Vienna and Brussels.

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