If in 1989 only 23 % of persons belonging to national minorities were able to communicate in Latvian, comparatively in 2014 more than 94 % of persons belonging to national minorities are communicating in Latvian. This was confirmed by the results of a survey, entitled “Sense of Belonging to Latvia” and carried out by the market and public opinion research centre SKDS from May to June 2014. The survey revealed that the Latvian language proficiency among national minority youth has considerably improved. More than 3/4 of the national minority youth aged 18 to 24 replied that their knowledge of Latvian is excellent (39%) or good (38%). Also a research by the Latvian Language Agency “The Language Situation in Latvia: 2012 – 2015” (2016) affirms that the language proficiency among Latvia’s inhabitants will continue to increase. The results of the research support this statement, as, for example, all young people between 15 and 24 years of age know Latvian, and almost all young people between 25 and 34 [years] of age are proficient in Latvian.
Document data: press release dated 27.07.2018 at the MFA website. Link: https://www.mfa.gov.lv/en/policy/society-integration/integration-policy-in-latvia-a-multi-faceted-approach/latvian-language-learning-programme