How to Buy Cryptocurrency in Latvia
Buying cryptocurrency in Latvia
The Bank of Latvia and the State Revenue Service agree that cryptocurrencies aren’t a statutory, but a contractual means of payment which can be used in exchange transactions. They can’t be considered official currency or as legal tender since their use is unregulated and they don’t seem linked to any national currency. Latvia later introduced monitoring requirements for virtual currency service providers, along with providers of digital currency exchange services. Considered a startup friendly capital worldwide, it’s no surprise that Bitcoin has found a strong base in Latvia. Many investors saw the appeal of the digital currency and its popularity seems to be growing. However, with rising popularity comes a high possibility of cybercrime. What’s more, the Latvian state police declared that they had dismantled a very organized cybercrime ring in 2020. Over 110,000 euros ($126,926) worth of Bitcoin (BTC), Ether(ETH), XRP and Tether (USDT) were seized during this operation
As of 20/03/2021
These exchanges all accept customers from Latvia. While they broadly offer the same services and you can buy cryptocurrency at all of them, there can be differences in transaction fees, security, verification requirements, deposit methods and features, as shown below
Binance is one of the largest crypto exchanges with low fees, 100s of coins, and high trading leverage. It is one of the easiest & cheapest exchanges for crypto trading.
- Hundreds of coins and pairs
- Very low fees
- High liquidity
- Trade without verification
- No US residents
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eToro is a social trading platform that allows you to buy into cryptocurrencies, international stocks and shares and more complex financial assets. It also have an innovative Copy Trader feature where you can choose to follow other successful traders and automatically copy their trades to hopefully share in their success
- Fully regulated financial institution
- Trade crypto, stocks and other financial assets
- Follow and copy the trades of expert traders
- Fees (spreads) are high
- Only USD as base currency
Operating since 2012, Bitfinex has a huge range of coins and trading pairs, a good user interface and low trading fees.
- Very low trading fees
- Large range of coins and trading pairs
- High liquidity
- Slow account verification
- Two major hacks
Founded in 2017, KuCoin has already managed to establish itself as â€śThe Peopleâ€™s Exchange.â€ť With 200+ cryptocurrencies and more than 400 markets, it has become one of the hubs for cryptocurrency trading.
- Vast selection of altcoins
- Ability to stake & earn crypto yields
- Robust security features
- No forced KYC checks
- No fiat currency deposits
- Trading volume is low
Changelly allows you to trade cryptocurrency without registration or verifying the identity through KYC. Being a non-custodial exchange, Changelly doesnâ€™t require you to keep any deposits. The platform also works as a fiat-to-crypto gateway.
- Non-custodial exchange
- Great way to switch altcoins
- Doesnâ€™t require extensive KYC
- 2FA security and high exchange limit
- A high transaction fee of 0.5%
- Unclear owners
- Sometimes their service is quite slow
Kraken has a good reputation for security and protection of your funds and operates across the USA (except NY), Canada, the EU and Japan
- It can be used to trade against fiat options
- Robust security measures
- Free SEPA deposits in Europe
- Not a very beginner-friendly interface.
- No card deposit options