Riga speaks more Russian than Latvian

Only 43% of Riga residents use Latvian language in their daily interactions, compared to 50% speaking mostly Russian, according to the latest data released Friday by the Central Statistics Office (CSB).

Based on the 2011 Census data recently compiled by the authorities, the neighborhoods of Bieriņi and Buļļi had the highest percentage of Latvian speaking households – 83% , while the neighborhoods of Daugavgrīva and Bolderāja showed only 16% and 24% Latvian-speaking households. Pļavnieki high-rise residential district also had a high percentage of Russian-speakers (66%) in its status as Riga’s most densely populated area.

The latest data supplements already released statistical maps on population density and language use across the country.

 

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