Two decades after Latvia shook off Soviet communist rule, the country's women have survived the transition to capitalism better than men - they are better educated and are less likely to die young. But a high male mortality rate means for many women, it is hard to find a partner. Dania and Zane are both single and have come to a cafe in the centre of Riga to chat about one of their favourite topics - the lack of decent men. The two women are both 29, beautiful, stylish and well-educated, but it seems that in Latvia there are simply not enough eligible men to go round. It's just more interesting," she laughs.
Aurelia International Marriage Agency is a company that started in Latvia after a discussion amongst some girl friends about the difficulty they were having finding a suitable spouse. They began uniting likely lovers back in , but during the past few years the agency has noticed that Baltic ladies are broadening their horizons when it comes to partner potential. Agency director Alona Kuzmina said that between three to five years ago, interest in obtaining a foreign partner became higher and higher. From the three Baltic States, Latvia has the highest number of women looking for foreign partners. It could be argued this is a main reason many men travel to the country.