This introductory video was made to honour the important role Latvia will take over starting from January 1, 2015, for six whole months: the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

In order to introduce the country that is going to lead its 27 sisters and to make sure you would get the right impression about us, Latvians, we decided to start with something each and every leader needs: honesty.

 

So it might be quite cold here for half of the year, and, yes, Latvia has zero great mountains compared to other countries, nor is it the biggest of them all in size; true, Latvians are rather reserved at first. But then again – these are the factors that have shaped our view of the world, our character and culture. We are mostly not the ones to show off, but quite perfectionist at the same time; our winters have taught us to plan ahead and also given us the privilege to enjoy all four seasons.

In truth, we have much to offer the world: be it some of the finest classical musicians, opera singers and ballet dancers, Art Nouveau architecture, lush forests, innovations, the fastest internet in Europe, carefully nurtured traditions, or the truly friendly soul you will find hidden behind every Latvian’s serious facial expression.

That is how and what we are. Pleased to meet you! Honestly.

 

In truth, we have much to offer the world: be it some of the finest classical musicians, opera singers and ballet dancers, Art Nouveau architecture, lush forests, innovations, the fastest internet in Europe, carefully nurtured traditions, or the truly friendly soul you will find hidden behind every Latvian’s serious facial expression.

That is how and what we are. Pleased to meet you! Honestly.

 

This video was made by the Latvian Institute in cooperation with the Secretariat of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.