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.
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.
Since good manners dictates that you do not publicly embarrass another person, it is important not to criticize someone in a public venue.
Even the hint that you are unhappy could cause irreparable harm to your personal relationship. They do not require a great deal of background information and may become irritated if you attempt to explain too much.
It is important to make initial introductions as far up the hierarchy as possible.
Unless you are the CEO, it may be impossible to meet with the actual decision maker for your first meeting.
Since they do not want to appear foolish in public and are reserved, Latvians prefer not to speak up in meetings with people they do not know well.
Therefore, if you are attempting to reach a consensus on a technical matter, you may wish to start with a lower echelon, having people of similar status speaking to each other.
Location: Eastern Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea, between Estonia and Lithuania Capital: Riga Climate: maritime; wet, moderate winters Population: 2,165,165 (2014 est.) Ethnic Make-up: Latvian 57.7%, Russian 29.6%, Belarusian 4.1%, Ukrainian 2.7%, Polish 2.5%, Lithuanian 1.4%, other 2% (2002) Religions: Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Russian Orthodox Government: parliamentary democracy The official language of Latvia is Latvian, which belongs to the Baltic language group of the Indo-European language family.
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.
It is uncommon to move from the area where you are born.