Links on language-related documents and statistics

Language and demographics

Central Statistical Bureau. 2011 census results on languages https://www.csb.gov.lv/en/statistics/statistics-by-theme/population/census/search-in-theme/1442-home-latvian-spoken-62-latvian-population (press release); https://www.csb.gov.lv/en/statistics/statistics-by-theme/population/census/tables/tsg11-08/resident-population-latvia-main-language-spoken-home (tables); https://www.csb.gov.lv/en/statistics/statistics-by-theme/population/characteristics/search-in-theme/44-share-resident-population-riga-and-jurmala (maps of Riga and Jurmala cities); http://data1.csb.gov.lv/pxweb/en/iedz/iedz__tautassk__taut__tsk2011/TSG11-07.px/ (Resident population in statistical regions, cities and counties by sex, language mostly spoken at home and age group).

Central Statistical Bureau. 2017 survey results on languages https://www.csb.gov.lv/en/statistics/statistics-by-theme/population/search-in-theme/2747-latvian-mother-tongue-608-population-latvia

Education statistics

Ministry of Education and Science. 2019/2020 statistics on general education https://www.izm.gov.lv/lv/20192020-macibu-gads

Number of daytime schools by language of instruction https://www.izm.gov.lv/lv/media/4093/download (see “pa plūsmām”)

Enrolment of daytime schools by language of instruction https://www.izm.gov.lv/lv/media/4099/download

Evening and distant learning schools by language of instructionhttps://www.izm.gov.lv/lv/media/4111/download

Enrolment of evening and distant learning schools by language of instruction https://www.izm.gov.lv/lv/media/4111/download

Kindergartens by language of instruction https://www.izm.gov.lv/lv/media/4138/download (see “Iestāžu māc. val.”)

Ministry of Education and Science report on tertiary education in 2018. https://www.izm.gov.lv/lv/media/2137/download For demand to education in Russian, shown by private education practice, see pp. 71-73. Since 2019, due to forced gradual elimination of studies in Russian, the reports do not include information on the language of instruction

Central Statistical Bureau. IZG050. Language of instruction in pre-school http://data1.csb.gov.lv/pxweb/en/sociala/sociala__izgl__pirmsskolas/IZG050.px/

Central Statistical Bureau. IZG100. General full-time school enrolment by language of instruction http://data1.csb.gov.lv/pxweb/en/sociala/sociala__izgl__vispskolas/IZG100.px/

Central Statistical Bureau. IZG110. Teaching of [including so-called foreign ones, actually minority languages] foreign languages in the general schools http://data1.csb.gov.lv/pxweb/en/sociala/sociala__izgl__vispskolas/IZG110.px/

Constitutional Court judgments on minority education

http://www.satv.tiesa.gov.lv/wp-content/uploads/2004/08/2004-18-0106_Spriedums_ENG.pdf (2005, on restrictions of minority language use in public schools, see in particular para. 13, ignored in later CC case-law);

https://www.satv.tiesa.gov.lv/web/viewer.html?file=/wp-content/uploads/2005/02/2005-02-0106_Spriedums_ENG.pdf (2005, on denial of co-funding to private minority schools); 

https://www.satv.tiesa.gov.lv/web/viewer.html?file=%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2018%2F07%2F2018-12-01-12.-Saeimas-dep_latvie%C5%A1u-valoda-valsts-skol%C4%81s_ENG.pdf (2019, on additional restrictions of minority language use in public schools; see in particular ignoring international human rights bodies’ findings at para. 23.2);

http://www.satv.tiesa.gov.lv/web/viewer.html?file=/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Judgment-in-the-case-2018-22-01_EN-1.pdf (2019, on additional restrictions of minority language use in private schools);

 https://www.satv.tiesa.gov.lv/web/viewer.html?file=/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/2019-12-01_Spriedums.pdf (2020, on restrictions of minority language use in private tertiary education; full judgment available in Latvian only yet; press-release in English at https://www.satv.tiesa.gov.lv/en/press-release/norms-that-provide-that-the-language-of-instruction-in-study-programmes-of-private-institutions-of-higher-education-is-the-official-language-are-incompatible-with-article-112-and-article-113-of-the-s/ );

http://www.satv.tiesa.gov.lv/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/2019-20-03_Spriedums-1.pdf (2020, on restrictions of minority language use in kindergartens; see in particular ignoring international human rights bodies’ findings at para. 18.3; full judgment available in Latvian only yet; press-release in English at https://www.satv.tiesa.gov.lv/en/press-release/the-norms-that-determine-the-language-of-instruction-in-pre-school-institutions-comply-with-the-satversme/ , excerpt translated at http://minorities-latvia.info/2020/06/19/constitutional-court-judgment-on-kindergartens-excerpts-2020/ )

Constitutional Court rulings on other language issues

Case No. 2001-04-0103 – spelling names in identity documents https://www.satv.tiesa.gov.lv/web/viewer.html?file=/wp-content/uploads/2001/06/2001-04-0103_Spriedums_ENG.pdf

Case No. 2003-02-0106 – language quotas for private radio and TV https://www.satv.tiesa.gov.lv/web/viewer.html?file=/wp-content/uploads/2003/01/2003-02-0106_Spriedums_ENG.pdf

Case No. 2012-24-03 – fines for local councillors for allegedly insufficient skills in Latvian https://www.satv.tiesa.gov.lv/web/viewer.html?file=/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/2012-24-03_Spriedums_ENG.pdf

Case No. 2015-15-01 – language quotas for private radio https://www.satv.tiesa.gov.lv/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/2015-15-01_Lemums_izbeigsana.pdf (LV only)

Case No. 2017-01-01 – fines for displaying a multilingual plate with a streetname https://www.satv.tiesa.gov.lv/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/2017-01_01_Lemums_izbeigsana.pdf (LV only)

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