Latvian Administrative Violations Code provisions on language (excerpts), adopted 1992, amended 2014

Section 41.1 Conclusion of a Contract of Employment with an Employee, whose Knowledge of the Official Language is Inadequate to Fulfil Professional and Work Duties thereof and Who has not Produced the Document Provided for in Regulatory Enactments that Certifies Knowledge of the Official Language

In the case of a conclusion of a contract of employment with an employee, whose knowledge of the official language is inadequate to fulfil professional and work duties thereof and who has not produced a document provided for in regulatory enactments of the Republic of Latvia which certifies knowledge of the official language, if the regulatory enactment requires knowledge of the official language in order to fulfil the relevant duties –

a fine shall be imposed on the employer or the official from EUR 140 up to EUR 350.

In the case of violations provided for in Paragraph one of this Section, if they have been recommitted within a year after the imposition of administrative sanction –

a fine shall be imposed on the official or the employer – for a natural person from EUR 280 up to EUR 700, for an employer – for a legal person from EUR 700 up to EUR 1400.

Section 201.26 Failure to Use the Official Language in the Required Amount for Performance of Professional or Office Duties

In the case of failure to use the official language in the amount required for performance of Professional and Office duties, if the regulatory enactment specifies the use of the official language –

a fine in an amount from EUR 35 up to EUR 280 shall be imposed.

In the cases of the violations provided for in Paragraph one of this Section, if they have been recommitted within a year after the imposition of an administrative sanction –

a fine in an amount from EUR 280 up to EUR 700 shall be imposed.

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Section 201.32 Failure to Ensure Radio and Television Broadcast and Film with Translation into the Official Language

In the case of failure to ensure translation into the official language of radio and television broadcasts or ensure voice-over or dubbing of films screened in public, video films or their fragments in the official language, or in the case failure to ensure the original sound recording with subtitles in the official language, complying with the literary language norms in force, if the regulatory enactment specifies this translation –

a  fine shall be imposed on the legal person in an amount from EUR 140 up to EUR 3600.

In the case of the same violations, if they are recommitted within a year of an administrative sanction being imposed –

a fine shall be imposed on the legal person in an amount from EUR 700 up to EUR 7100.

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Section 201.35 Failure to Observe Regulations regarding the provision of Information Intended for the Public

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[7] In the case of provision of inscriptions,  signboards, booklets and other notifications intended for informing the public in places available for the public, alongside the official language, also in a foreign language, if the regulatory enactment provide for provision of this information in the official language only,

— a warning shall be issued or a fine shall be imposed on responsible persons in an amount from EUR 35 up to EUR 140.

Section 201.36 Contempt towards the Official Language

In the case of open contempt towards the official language –

a fine shall be imposed in an amount up to EUR 350.


Document data: The chapter on language-related offences (beginning with Section 201.26) has been included in the Code on July 1, 1992, and was revised many times since. The present translation corresponds to the text of the sections in force as amended on January 1, 2014 and remaining in force, as at early 2020. A partly outdated English translation of the Code is available at https://likumi.lv/ta/en/en/id/89648-latvian-administrative-violations-code , the original Latvian up-to-date text at https://likumi.lv/ta/id/89648

Publisher’s note: On July 1 2020, the Code is planned to be replaced by two new laws, one of which, with general provisions, has already been long adopted. The second law, as adopted in May 2020 (bill No. 342/Lp13), provides for even stricter punishments and/or wider application of victimless offences quoted above (Sections 201.35 and 201.36). The Latvian text of the new law is available at https://titania.saeima.lv/LIVS13/saeimalivs13.nsf/0/A528F1485FD84433C2258568001C582F?OpenDocument

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