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Some characteristics of Latvian society. January 6, 2009

Posted by ieva in Uncategorized.
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As living abroad for last years I regulary face the situation when I’m asked to tell about the country I’m coming from. And even if I’ve passed there 21 year of my life, it’s sometimes more difficult than it seems to be.

My friend Elina Busmane shared with me the essay “Sustainable furniture for Latvia” she wrote for her studies in the School of Design in Helsinki. A part of it is describing some phenomenons that characterize Latvian contemporary society. Here are some passages.


Latvian Song and Dance Festival take place in Riga once every five years, and takes over the hearts and minds of the entire nation. The simple fact is that the festival is inextricably bound with Latvia’s very identity.
Year 2008 was significant for Latvia as around 35 000 participants will gathered in our capital Riga for the XXIV Song and XIV Dance Celebration. It was recorded in the UNESCO list of Masterpieces of Oral and Intangible Cultural Heritage.


Social network Draugiem.lv is the most popular web site in Latvia. Originally it was built on the Friendster model, but now it includes several other services. Latvia has a population of 2.3 million, but now there are 2.4 registred users in this website.


Tradition of craft Fair in Open Air Museum is around 40 years old. Every June for few days it takes place in the Latvian Ethnographic Museum which is one of the oldest open-air museums in Europe. There are participating approximetly 2000 craftsman. Craft Fairs is supplemented with workshops, folk musicians, dancers and cookers etc.
According to these examples it’s possible to come to a conclusion that contemporary society in Latvia needs on communication based services. It is ready to accept Internet based services. National performance can be a good addition.



1. irena - January 10, 2009

Kas gan notiek ar šo tautu, kurai ir tik skaistas tradīcijas….

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