Farmland buyers will have to know some Latvian

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Saeima on March 23 supported amendments to the Law on Land Privatization in Rural Areas, which foresees that agricultural land can only be purchased by persons with some knowledge of Latvian, reported LETA news agency.

Persons who wish to purchase agricultural land in Latvia will need Latvian language proficiency on the A level.

A1 is the lowest level of language knowledge referred to at the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

It means people buying farmland will have to know things like basic greetings and familiar expressions in Latvian.

A proposal requiring language proficiency at a higher level was turned down.

Saeima also supported amendments to the same law which foresees that farmland cannot be sold to foreigners who do not reside in Latvia.

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