Culture & Identity of Latvia
The people of Latvia are quite diverse in many ways, particularly in regards to
ethnicity, and this diversity encourages slight variations in the daily way of life
of the people, although there are great similarities.
Nearly 70% of the people live in an urban environment and nearly as many of the
working people in the country work in the services industries. Only about 10% of
the working population relies on agriculture to make a living, but the overwhelming
majority of these people are ethnic Latvians. In the cities there are numerous jobs
in both the industry and services sectors and people of all ethnicities hold these
For most of the people living and working in the cities their daily schedule is
similar as most begin work at about 8:30 am and work until about 6:00 pm. Children
also attend school from early September to late May, which also has a fairly set
It's the evenings and weekends when the differences between the people are most
noticeable, but even during these times the differences are minor and unnoticeable
to most visitors. The Latvians and Russians tend to spend evenings at home with
family, but the foods, languages, and traditions in these homes vary dramatically.
Weekends (Saturday-Sunday) are also varied, but primarily due to personal preference.
Most people like getting out of the house on weekends, whether that is out into
the outdoors, to some entertainment in the city, or just having dinner or a drink
somewhere. Of course, during the long winter days the people are generally not as
eager to get outside unless they are a winter sports enthusiast.