History UsefulNotes / Latvia

24th Oct '16 10:02:37 PM ultimomant
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* Ksenia Solo from ''Series/LostGirl'' was born in Riga and then migrated to Canada with her parents, when she was 5.

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* Ksenia Solo Creator/KseniaSolo from ''Series/LostGirl'' was born in Riga and then migrated to Canada with her parents, when she was 5.
8th May '16 2:44:42 AM Dimas28
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Latvia ('''Latvian:''' ''Latvija''), officially known as the Republic of Latvia ('''Latvian:''' ''Latvijas Republika''), is the middle one of the three "Baltic Republics" along with {{UsefulNotes/Estonia}} and {{UsefulNotes/Lithuania}}, and has shared their modern history of brief independence following WorldWarOne before being snapped up by the Soviet Union until independence in 1991. This is why Soviet Union and allies in general aren't very popular in Latvia - as the people often see Hitler as the liberator, due to how he stopped the Soviet atrocities in Latvia. (No, we're not supportive of his other policies.) In fact, it wasn't until 1918 that the three of them had clearly delineated borders - for most of their history the area known as Livonia or Courland/Kurland was a vaguely-defined parcel of land passed around between Prussia and the Teutonic Knights, Sweden, and Russia.

A lot of people were drafted/volunteered into the Waffen SS Latvian Legion during the WW2 german occupation, and used to fight soviets. Not supporting Hitler directly, they saw this as the only opportunity to secure some sort of an independence from the Soviets, which, by then, had sent huge amounts of Latvians to Gulag's or just shot them. We have a rememberance day for them in the 16th of march, a date which is, unfortunately, portrayed in media as some sort of a nazi-support celebration, but this is not the case.

On the other hand a lot of Latvians, ever since World War I, served as Red Latvian Riflemen. They were crucial in the Revolution in Russia, providing a cadre of battle-hardened disciplined shock-troops, and later [[CadreOfForeignBodyguards protecting Lenin himself]], many of Latvians taking high positions in Law Enforcement, military, and Intelligence services of the newly founded soviet state. During WorldWarII many Latvians joined Red Army and fought against the Nazis, notably during the Battle of Moscow.

Also, a cool thing, done together with our neighbours, Estonians and Lithuanians was getting independence via making a [[http://interestingworldhistory.blogspot.com/2013/04/baltic-way.html huge chain of people, stretching from Vilnius to Tallin]].

Since independence, Latvia has become a popular tourist destination, joined the European Union and will adopt the Euro as it's national currency in January 2014. Also, Latvia has one of the fastest internet connection speeds in the world [[http://www.bloomberg.com/slideshow/2013-01-23/top-10-countries-with-the-fastest-internet.html#slide8 as seen here]] due to extensive government backing.

In sports, apparently, Latvians are really, really good in BMX and Beach Volleyball, getting a lot of success in these areas lately. The national sport is Ice Hockey, the fanaticism of this is around the same level as in Canada. If Latvia's only good hockey team - Dinamo Riga - performs well in KHL, it's a national celebration. And every Latvian who ends up in NHL is a national hero - in fact, thanks to a surge in online fan voting from Latvia, Zemgus Girgensons was the leading vote-getter for the 2015 NHL All-Star Game. Latvians were also [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EuroBasket_1935 the very first European Champions in basketball]]

Culturally, due to everything that has happened with the small country, Latvians are in the exact middle between Russians and Germans, with the tropes associated to these countries appearing here almost equally, and sometimes in hilarious ways. ([[LogicBomb For example]], [[GermanicEfficiency Latvians are never late for work.]] [[VodkaDrunkenski Even when they are completely drunk.]])

Due to the Soviet era, Latvians (the older term 'Lett' has fallen out of use in English) are really touchy about being mistaken for Russians - and by "touchy", I mean that calling Latvian person a Russian, is a sure-fire way of getting into a fight. Also, Soviet era [[MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong made us strong]]. One of the least politically correct countries in the region, Latvians are huge fans of BlackComedy and SelfDeprecation. (Usually such jokes, a lot like Russian 'anekdoty' are told in intentionally poor grammar for added comedy value.) Here's an example:

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Latvia ('''Latvian:''' ''Latvija''), officially known as the Republic of Latvia ('''Latvian:''' ''Latvijas Republika''), is the middle one of the three "Baltic Republics" along with {{UsefulNotes/Estonia}} and {{UsefulNotes/Lithuania}}, and has shared their modern history of brief independence following WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI before being snapped up by the [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Union Union]] until independence in 1991. This is why the Soviet Union and allies Allies in general aren't very popular in Latvia - as the people often see Hitler [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]] as the liberator, due to how he stopped the Soviet atrocities in Latvia. (No, Latvia (no, we're not supportive of his other policies.) policies). In fact, it wasn't until 1918 that the three of them had clearly delineated borders - for most of their history the area known as Livonia or Courland/Kurland was a vaguely-defined parcel of land passed around between Prussia UsefulNotes/{{Prussia}} and the Teutonic Knights, Sweden, UsefulNotes/{{Sweden}}, and Russia.UsefulNotes/{{Russia}}.

A lot of people were drafted/volunteered into the Waffen SS Latvian Legion during the WW2 german occupation, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Nazi German]] occupation and used to fight soviets. the Soviets. Not supporting Hitler directly, they saw this as the only opportunity to secure some sort of an independence from the Soviets, which, by then, had sent huge amounts of Latvians to Gulag's gulags or just shot them. We have a rememberance remembrance day for them in the 16th of march, March, a date which is, unfortunately, portrayed in media as some sort of a nazi-support Nazi-support celebration, but this is not the case.

On the other hand hand, a lot of Latvians, ever since World War I, served as in the Red Latvian Riflemen. They were crucial in the Revolution in Russia, providing a cadre of battle-hardened disciplined shock-troops, and later later, [[CadreOfForeignBodyguards protecting Lenin himself]], many of himself]]. Many Latvians taking took high positions in Law Enforcement, the law enforcement, military, and Intelligence intelligence services of the newly founded soviet Soviet state. During WorldWarII World War II, many Latvians joined the Red Army and fought against the Nazis, notably during the Battle of Moscow.

Also, a cool thing, done together with our neighbours, the Estonians and Lithuanians Lithuanians, was getting independence via making a [[http://interestingworldhistory.blogspot.com/2013/04/baltic-way.html huge chain of people, stretching from Vilnius to Tallin]].

Since independence, Latvia has become a popular tourist destination, joined the European Union UsefulNotes/EuropeanUnion, and will adopt adopted the Euro as it's its national currency in January 2014. Also, Latvia has one of the fastest internet connection speeds in the world world, [[http://www.bloomberg.com/slideshow/2013-01-23/top-10-countries-with-the-fastest-internet.html#slide8 as seen here]] here]], due to extensive government backing.

In sports, apparently, the Latvians are really, really good in BMX and Beach Volleyball, getting a lot of success in these areas lately. The national sport is Ice Hockey, the fanaticism of this is around the same level as in Canada.UsefulNotes/{{Canada}}. If Latvia's only good hockey team - Dinamo Riga - performs well in KHL, it's a national celebration. And every Latvian who ends up in NHL is a national hero - in fact, thanks to a surge in online fan voting from Latvia, Zemgus Girgensons was the leading vote-getter for the 2015 NHL All-Star Game. The Latvians were also [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EuroBasket_1935 the very first European Champions in basketball]]

basketball.]]

Culturally, due to everything that has happened with the small country, the Latvians are in the exact middle between the Russians and Germans, with the tropes associated to these countries appearing here almost equally, and sometimes in hilarious ways. ways ([[LogicBomb For for example]], [[GermanicEfficiency the Latvians are never late for work.]] [[VodkaDrunkenski Even when they are completely drunk.]])

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Latvians (the older term 'Lett' has fallen out of use in English) are really touchy about being mistaken for the Russians - and by "touchy", I we mean that calling a Latvian person a Russian, Russian is a sure-fire way of getting into a fight. This might have something to do with the fact that out of the three Baltic states, Latvia was Russified the most; the number of Russians doubled from about 250,000 to 500,000 in just two decades after the Soviet annexation in 1940 and peaking at 900,000 in late 1980s (35% of the total population). For many years, the Russians actually made the majority in the capital and most populous city, Riga, and still is in the second-biggest city Daugavpilis. This created a problem in the years after independence, as the Baltic countries have made a resolute agreement ''not'' to offer automatic citizenship to residents who migrated in post-1940 or recognizing languages other than their own at all. Yes, until 2006, ''more than half of the population of the country's capital were considered illegal immigrants''[[note]] Admittedly, that's a hyperbole. There are Russians who have become citizens, too, but the percentage of those who do not are still very high[[/note]].

Also, the Soviet era [[MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong made us strong]]. One of the least politically correct countries in the region, the Latvians are huge fans of BlackComedy and SelfDeprecation. (Usually SelfDeprecation (usually such jokes, a lot like Russian 'anekdoty' are told in intentionally poor grammar for added comedy value.) value). Here's an example:



Latvian regional stereotypes are almost completely limited to those about Kurzeme (Courland, the northwest), the capital region around Riga and Latgale (the southeast). Kurzemnieki (Courlanders) are portrayed as rustic and slightly dim peasants with a drawling and near-incomprehensible accent that drops the latter half of every word, subsisting off of farming and forestry and eating potatoes, fish and assorted weeds. People from Riga, on the other hand, are portrayed as fancy city-dwellers with a pretentious accent who all have retail jobs and speak English. Latgalians, when they aren't confused with Russians, are portrayed as backwater savages who speak an alien tongue and are more Lithuanian-Belarussian than Latvian.

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Regarding the national language, it's considered by linguists to be one of the most conservative from the Indo-European language family, though not to the same extent as Lithuanian. For non-speakers, it sounds vaguely Slavic-ish, which is understandable, since the language is a part of the clade that contains the Slavic languages, albeit (like Lithuanian) having split from the others eons ago. And no, no matter what dictionary you find about Latvian, "[[Series/{{Seinfeld}} kavorka]]" does not mean "[[KavorkaMan the lure of the animal]]", nor it is a word of Latvian at all (or other languages for that matter).

Latvian regional stereotypes are almost completely limited to those about Kurzeme (Courland, the northwest), the capital region around Riga Riga, and Latgale (the southeast). The Kurzemnieki (Courlanders) are portrayed as rustic and slightly dim peasants with a drawling and near-incomprehensible accent that drops the latter half of every word, subsisting off of farming and forestry and eating potatoes, fish and assorted weeds. People from Riga, on the other hand, are portrayed as fancy city-dwellers with a pretentious accent who all have retail jobs and speak English. The Latgalians, when they aren't confused with the Russians, are portrayed as backwater savages who speak an alien tongue and are more Lithuanian-Belarussian Lithuanian-[[UsefulNotes/{{Belarus}} Belarusian]] than Latvian.



* Aleksandrs Liepa, the inventor of Pringles, was a Latvian. (Well, according to the patent, at least.)

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* Aleksandrs Liepa, the inventor of Pringles, was a Latvian. (Well, Latvian (well, according to the patent, at least.)least).



* Fred Norris (originally Fred Leon Nukis) of Radio/TheHowardSternShow is the son of Valija and Henry Nukis who were Latvian immigrants.
* Maris Strombergs is the first (and as of now, the only) olympic champion in BMX, getting gold in Beijing and London.
* Ksenia Solo from Series/LostGirl was born in Riga and then migrated to Canada with her parents, when she was 5.
* Unfortunately, DJ Lethal from LimpBizkit (real name Leors Dimants) was also borin in Riga, in a Latvian Jewish family.

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* Fred Norris (originally Fred Leon Nukis) of Radio/TheHowardSternShow ''Radio/TheHowardSternShow'' is the son of Valija and Henry Nukis who were Latvian immigrants.
* Maris Strombergs is the first (and as of now, the only) olympic Olympic champion in BMX, getting gold in Beijing UsefulNotes/{{Beijing}} and London.
UsefulNotes/{{London}}.
* Ksenia Solo from Series/LostGirl ''Series/LostGirl'' was born in Riga and then migrated to Canada with her parents, when she was 5.
* Unfortunately, DJ Lethal from LimpBizkit Music/LimpBizkit (real name Leors Dimants) was also borin born in Riga, in a Latvian Jewish family.



* Highly ironically, the very first commander of the Soviet Army was a Latvian - Jukums Vācietis. It is widely thought that the Soviets only beat the Royalists in the civil war due to the Latvian Red Riflemen, which were much more disciplined and organized that the red army. The later served later as Lenin's personal guard [[ThePurge until the great purges of 1937.]] Yeah, [[UnderStatement that didn't turn out so well.]]

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* Highly ironically, the very first commander of the Soviet Army was a Latvian - Jukums Vācietis. It is widely thought that the Soviets only beat the Royalists in the civil war due to the Latvian Red Riflemen, which were much more disciplined and organized that the red army. The later Red Army. Later, he served later as Lenin's [[UsefulNotes/VladimirLenin Lenin]]'s personal guard [[ThePurge until the great purges of 1937.]] Yeah, [[UnderStatement that didn't turn out so well.]]



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4th May '16 4:48:25 PM dexterian120
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Latvia ('''Latvian:''' ''Latvija''), officially known as the Republic of Latvia ('''Latvian:''' ''Latvijas Republika''), is the middle one of the three "Baltic Republics" along with {{UsefulNotes/Estonia}} and {{UsefulNotes/Lithuania}}, and has shared their modern history of brief independence following WorldWarOne before being snapped up by the Soviet Union until independence in 1991. This is why Soviet Union and allies in general aren't very popular in Latvia - as the people often see Hitler as the liberator, due to how he stopped the soviet atrocities in Latvia. (No, we're not supportive of his other policies.) In fact, it wasn't until 1918 that the three of them had clearly delineated borders - for most of their history the area known as Livonia or Courland/Kurland was a vaguely-defined parcel of land passed around between Prussia and the Teutonic Knights, Sweden, and Russia.

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Latvia ('''Latvian:''' ''Latvija''), officially known as the Republic of Latvia ('''Latvian:''' ''Latvijas Republika''), is the middle one of the three "Baltic Republics" along with {{UsefulNotes/Estonia}} and {{UsefulNotes/Lithuania}}, and has shared their modern history of brief independence following WorldWarOne before being snapped up by the Soviet Union until independence in 1991. This is why Soviet Union and allies in general aren't very popular in Latvia - as the people often see Hitler as the liberator, due to how he stopped the soviet Soviet atrocities in Latvia. (No, we're not supportive of his other policies.) In fact, it wasn't until 1918 that the three of them had clearly delineated borders - for most of their history the area known as Livonia or Courland/Kurland was a vaguely-defined parcel of land passed around between Prussia and the Teutonic Knights, Sweden, and Russia.
20th Mar '16 3:57:22 AM SilentHunterUK
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Due to the Soviet era, Latvians are really touchy about being mistaken for Russians - and by "touchy", I mean that calling Latvian person a Russian, is a sure-fire way of getting into a fight. Also, Soviet era [[MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong made us strong]]. One of the least politically correct countries in the region, Latvians are huge fans of BlackComedy and SelfDeprecation. (Usually such jokes, a lot like Russian 'anekdoty' are told in intentionally poor grammar for added comedy value.) Here's an example:

to:

Due to the Soviet era, Latvians (the older term 'Lett' has fallen out of use in English) are really touchy about being mistaken for Russians - and by "touchy", I mean that calling Latvian person a Russian, is a sure-fire way of getting into a fight. Also, Soviet era [[MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong made us strong]]. One of the least politically correct countries in the region, Latvians are huge fans of BlackComedy and SelfDeprecation. (Usually such jokes, a lot like Russian 'anekdoty' are told in intentionally poor grammar for added comedy value.) Here's an example:
12th Jan '15 8:54:44 AM kyojikasshu
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In sports, apparently, Latvians are really, really good in BMX and Beach Volleyball, getting a lot of success in these areas lately. The national sport is Ice Hockey, the fanaticism of this is around the same level as in Canada. If Latvia's only good hockey team - Dinamo Riga - performs well in KHL, it's a national celebration. And every Latvian who ends up in NHL is a national hero. Latvians were also [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EuroBasket_1935 the very first European Champions in basketball]]

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In sports, apparently, Latvians are really, really good in BMX and Beach Volleyball, getting a lot of success in these areas lately. The national sport is Ice Hockey, the fanaticism of this is around the same level as in Canada. If Latvia's only good hockey team - Dinamo Riga - performs well in KHL, it's a national celebration. And every Latvian who ends up in NHL is a national hero.hero - in fact, thanks to a surge in online fan voting from Latvia, Zemgus Girgensons was the leading vote-getter for the 2015 NHL All-Star Game. Latvians were also [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EuroBasket_1935 the very first European Champions in basketball]]
21st Nov '14 1:58:14 AM Patachou
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* GustavHolst was of partial Latvian descent.
* Not a Latvian, but associated: RichardWagner was the director of the Riga German's Theater (which later became Latvian National Opera) for a while.

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* GustavHolst Music/GustavHolst was of partial Latvian descent.
* Not a Latvian, but associated: RichardWagner Music/RichardWagner was the director of the Riga German's Theater (which later became Latvian National Opera) for a while.



* Fred Norris (originally Fred Leon Nukis) of TheHowardSternShow is the son of Valija and Henry Nukis who were Latvian immigrants.

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* Fred Norris (originally Fred Leon Nukis) of TheHowardSternShow Radio/TheHowardSternShow is the son of Valija and Henry Nukis who were Latvian immigrants.
26th Aug '14 4:07:21 AM Eresh
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Latvian regional stereotypes are almost completely limited to those about Kurzeme (Courland, the northwest), the capital region around Riga and Latgale (the southeast). Kurzemnieki (Courlanders) are portrayed as rustic and slightly dim peasants with a drawling and near-incomprehensible accent that drops the latter half of every word, subsisting off of farming and forestry and eating potatoes, fish and assorted weeds. People from Riga, on the other hand, are portrayed as fancy city-dwellers with a pretentious accent who all have retail jobs and speak English. Latgalians, when they aren't confused with Russians, are portrayed as backwater savages who speak an alien tongue and are more Lithuanian-Belarussian than Latvian.
Zemgale and Vidzeme? [[FlyoverCountry Where's that?]]

Latvian cuisine is a simple and no-nonsense thing: potatoes, pork, smoked fish (in Kurzeme), sour cream and a whole lot of dill. Add various pickles and preserves to taste.
19th Apr '14 5:36:07 PM Quag15
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* Highly ironically, the very first commander of the Soviet Army was a Latvian - Jukums Vācietis. It is videly thought that the Soviets only beat the Royalists in the civil war due to the Latvian Red Riflemen, which were much more disciplined and organized that the red army. The later served later as Lenin's personal guard [[ThePurge until the great purges of 1937.]] Yeah, [[UnderStatement that didn't turn out so well.]]

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* Highly ironically, the very first commander of the Soviet Army was a Latvian - Jukums Vācietis. It is videly widely thought that the Soviets only beat the Royalists in the civil war due to the Latvian Red Riflemen, which were much more disciplined and organized that the red army. The later served later as Lenin's personal guard [[ThePurge until the great purges of 1937.]] Yeah, [[UnderStatement that didn't turn out so well.]]
4th Mar '14 10:43:00 AM m8e
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* Isaiah Berlin, SergeiEisenstein, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Mark Rothko although not technically Latvians, were also born in Riga.

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* Isaiah Berlin, SergeiEisenstein, Creator/SergeiEisenstein, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Mark Rothko although not technically Latvians, were also born in Riga.
18th Jan '14 2:29:22 PM Quag15
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