Riga provides 1,200 places for Latvian language learners

Applications opened Monday for 1,200 places to be provided this year for Russian speakers to learn Latvian. 

Riga City Coucil will this year finance Latvian language classes for 1,200 non-Latvian residents of the capital city after running a tender worth a total of €117,510 that saw contracts awarded to seven different organizations to run the classes, the BNS news service reported on February 14.  

The tender was organized as part of the Society Integration Program with the purpose to offer free Latvian language classes to adult residents of Riga, with exception of school students and the jobless, so that they could learn the state language at the A and B language proficiency levels.

The Latvian language classes organized by the Riga City Council have been very popular among non-Latvian residents of Riga in recent years with places usually snapped up in a matter of hours.

The Latvian language training course was completed by 507 Rigans in 2011, 2,569 in 2012, 1,391 in 2013 and 1,232 in 2014.

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