Culture of Latvia
People in Latvia speak the Latvian language. The linguistic diversity of Latvia is rather diverse according to a fractionalization scale which for Latvia is 0.5795. The followers of Christianity are the religious majority in the country. 67.7% of Latvia's population live in cities. This percentage comprises the urban population of Latvia. The rate of urbanization in Latvia is considered to be -0.5. The negative rate of urbanization in Latvia indicates a lack of economic strength and stability in that nation’s cities. This could indicate that investment in this nation’s industries is a gamble; decreasing urbanization could result in a lack of labor for large business projects. According to data on inbound tourists in Latvia, 1,536,000 tourists arrive in the country each year.
The national anthem of Latvia is called 'Dievs, svētī Latviju!', which in English means 'God Bless Latvia'. It was adopted in 1920. Both the music and the lyrics have been composed by Kārlis Baumanis.
The first McDonalds in Latvia was opened on 15 December 1994, and it was located in Riga. At the moment Latvia has 11 operating McDonalds restaurants. The number of operating McDonalds restaurants in a country is indicative of the influence of Western culture and globalization in that country. Operating McDonalds restaurants could also have a direct impact on the health of a nation's citizens. Around 25% of the population of Latvia are obese.
Each year, the people of Latvia consume 1.8 litre of alcohol per capita, and this volume consists of 46.9% beer, 10.7% wine, 37% distilled spirits, 5.4% other alcohol.
One of the most popular national dishes of Latvia is sauerkraut. Other national dishes include grey peas with salted pork fat, sweet bread soup.