History UsefulNotes / Latvia

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:

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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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17th Jan '14 9:21:10 AM zero5889
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->The flag, consisting of a carmine red field and white bar, is said to be among the oldest flags still in use. Popular legend attributes its origins as the shroud used to wrap a wounded tribal leader during the wars of the late 13th century -- the parts which came into contact with him miraculously remained pure, while its edges became stained with his blood.
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29th Dec '13 9:32:24 PM merlinxchick
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Latvia 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 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.
21st Nov '13 8:14:36 PM NeoGenesis
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* Ksenia Solo from LostGirl was born in Riga and then migrated to Canada with her parents, when she was 5.

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* Ksenia Solo from LostGirl Series/LostGirl was born in Riga and then migrated to Canada with her parents, when she was 5.



* 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. (Until the great purges of 1937.) Yeah, that didn't turn out so well for us.

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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. (Until guard [[ThePurge until the great purges of 1937.) ]] Yeah, [[UnderStatement that didn't turn out so well for us.
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