Although splash page are often considered as useless and best avoided at all times, I think there are situations you can’t really do without one. Especially in countries with several official languages, the language on a home page can be a sensitive thing. A home page in one language may native speakers of the other language feel treated as second rank visitors — not really a good start for a productive visit to your site IMHO. For this reason, I personally would avoid a home page in one language with a link to the alternative language(s) in multilingual countries.
Splash PageThe page of a Web site that the user sees first before being given the option to continue to the main content of the site. (…) A splash page is sometimes referred to as a splash screen.Webopedia: splash page