Latvia seems to be the new Las Vegas, except without the gambling and the neon, and with lots more people who play hockey and speak Latvian.
Exceeding even the Vegas of not too long ago, the Baltic nation is going through a major housing boom. Prices rose almost 62% in the first quarter of 2007 from a year earlier. Latvia outdid neighboring Lithuania, where prices rose 26%.
Of course, these kinds of booms tend to end badly, so maybe moving to Latvia right now would not be the very best idea (unless you happen to be married to a Latvian). Here’s the whole list of countries, courtesy of Global Property Guide….
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