Cross-Cultural Introduction to Latvian Culture

October 17, 2019By

Due to its history, Latvian culture has been influenced by different countries, religions, cultures and languages. It has developed its own cultural identity with a unique system of values and traditions. Understanding how Latvian counterparts think and behave is essential for anyone living in Latvia.

History play an important role

Latvia first declared statehood in 1918, after being occupied by Germany, Poland, Sweden and Russia. In 1940, it was occupied by the Soviet Union, together with Estonia and Lithuania. Following the collapse of the USSR, Latvia declared independence for the second time in 1991. It joined the World Trade Organisation in 1998, the EU in May 2004 and weeks after that, it joined NATO. Latvia introduced the euro in 2014.

The increase in cultural diversity

The increase in cultural diversity within many countries due to work, immigration, resettlement and other factors combined with the evolving demands of globalisation have led to an increased interest in cross cultural exchange. Moving to different places in the world might mean to experience culture shock, no matter how much you were prepared. 

Our professional coach

In certain global industries, academia, diplomacy and other areas, cross cultural trainings have become more common. And we will have the pleasure of getting an exclusive insight into the Latvian culture with our professional coach and lovely member Iveta Berkolde. Iveta will give us an introduction, bridge gaps, and will answer frequently asked questions about cross cultural experiences. She will cover cultural values, beliefs, social norms, business etiquette and communication patterns.

Join us

Join this wonderful opportunity to understand the differences in the cultures! Register via our member platform.

In case of questions, please contact Vija via social.iwcr@gmail.com

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