The family is still the centre of the social structure.Even in urban areas it is common for generations of extended family to live together in the same apartment. The family provides both emotional and financial support to its members.Latvians can be direct communicators, although they often temper their words to protect the feelings of the other person.As a group, they are slow to pay compliments and may become suspicious of compliments offered too readily and without sufficient reason.Personal matters are seldom touched upon in business. If you are from a culture where hand gestures are robust, you may wish to moderate them to conform to local practices.At the same time, they can be extremely direct speakers and task focused. If you have a booming voice, you may wish to moderate it when conducting business with Latvians.
Another notable language of Latvia is the nearly extinct Livonian language of Baltic-Finnic sub-branch of Uralic language family, which enjoys protection by law.
Taking a shower, choosing what to wear, putting on make-up, it takes time! Bear in mind: there are traffic jams in the evening.
So, I leave home with time to spare and arrive at the theatre exactly on time.
When asking questions, strive to be specific and ensure that the question is germane to the subject at hand. Meetings often begin with a welcoming speech from the most senior Latvian at the meeting.
If this occurs, the most senior person from your team should respond with a short speech. Decisions are made at the top of the company and information flows downward like a funnel.
The Latgalian language (a dialect of Latvian) is also protected by Latvian law as historical variation of Latvian language.