|2000 Population and Housing Census data||2017 External Migration Survey results|
How many people speak Russian in Riga?
Roughly 30% of Latvia’s population are ethnic Russians or speak Russian as their first language. In Riga, my hometown, this percentage is closer to 50%.
How many speakers are there in Latvia?
|Native speakers||1.75 million (2015)|
|Language family||Indo-European Balto-Slavic Baltic Eastern Baltic Latvian|
|Writing system||Latin (Latvian alphabet) Latvian Braille|
Is Latvian easier than Russian?
Therefore, Russian might be about as easy or hard as Latvian, but for different reasons. Latvian because of its proximity to German, while Russian because of its somewhat simpler grammar.
Is Latvia a poor country?
Latvia is the fourth poorest EU state in terms of GDP per capita. According to Eurostat data from 2015 (published in March 2017), the quality of life in Latvia is just 64% of the European average. Latvia is the fourth poorest EU country according to Eurostat.
Is Latvian similar to Russian?
Not identical but very close. They are in the same Baltic Slavic language group. Ethnical Latvians don’t like to admit the fact but the only other language closer to Latvian than Russian is Lithuanian. Similar grammar (not identical but very similar), roughly one third of Latvian words are related to Russian.
Does Russia have access to the Baltic Sea?
There are nine countries with a shoreline at the Baltic Sea: Denmark, Germany, Poland, Russia (at the Gulf of Finland, and at the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad Oblast), Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, and Sweden.