Modern Latvian usage: Goodbye 'Kijeva', hello 'Kijiva'

Latvia's linguistic regulator, the State Language Center (VVC) has confirmed a list of official spellings of Ukrainian place names that are more in line with Ukrainian usage than Russian usage.

The decision, which was approved by a "majority vote" of the VVC's experts, comes after a large number of literary and cultural figures pointed out the inappropriateness of using spellings such as 'Kijeva' for the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, as previously reported by LSM.

In all the VVC published a list of 30 different Ukrainian placenames, including their original versions, plus transliterations into English and Latvian.

However it also said it would remain possible to use what it called "traditional forms" such as Kijeva, Harkova and Ļvova "when it is necessary for historical context".

Nr.

Name in Ukrainian

English version

Latvian version

1.

Київ

Kyiv

Kijiva

2.

Харків

Kharkiv

Harkiva

3.

Одеса

Odessa

Odesa

4.

Дніпро

Dnipro

Dnipro

5.

Донецьк

Donetsk

Donecka

6.

Запоріжжя

Zaporizhzhia

Zaporižja

7.

Львів

Lviv

Ļviva

8.

Кривий Ріг

Kryvyi Rih

Krivijriha

9.

Миколаїв

Mykolaiv

Mikolajiva

10.

Маріуполь

Mariupol

Mariupole

11.

Луганськ

Luhansk

Luhanska

12.

Вінниця

Vinnytsia

Vinnica

13.

Макіївка

Makiivka

Makijivka

14.

Севастополь

Sevastopol

Sevastopole

15.

Сімферополь

Simferopol

Simferopole

16.

Херсон

Kherson

Hersona

17.

Чернігів

Chernihiv

Černihiva

18.

Полтава

Poltava

Poltava

19.

Черкаси

Cherkasy

Čerkasi*

20.

Хмельницький

Khmelnytskyi

Hmeļnicka

21.

Суми

Sumy

Sumi*

22.

Житомир

Zhytomyr

Žitomira

23.

Чернівці

Chernivtsi

Černivci*

24.

Горлівка

Horlivka

Horlivka

25.

Рівне

Rivne

Rivne

26.

Кам'янське

Kamianske

Kamjanska

27.

Кропивницький

Kropyvnytsky

Kropivnicka

28.

Івано-Франківськ

Ivano-Frankivsk

Ivanofrankivska

29.

Кременчук

Kremenchuk

Kremenčuka

30.

Тернопіль

Ternopil

Ternopiļa

 

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