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Latvian speaking countries

Latvian is the official language in Latvia and is spoken in 1 more countries as monther tongue by a part of the population. The Latvian language (native name: latviešu valoda) has its roots in the Indo-European language family.

With a share of around 56%, it is most widespread in Latvia. A total of about 1.1 m people worldwide speak Latvian as their mother tongue.

Distribution Latvian

CountryRegionOfficial languageDistributionTotal
LatviaNorthern Europeyes56.3 %1,071,000
Åland IslandsNorthern Europeno1.0 %300



Unless otherwise described in the text, this page is about native speakers - not the total number of speakers. How many people understand or speak Latvian as a subsequently learned language is not the subject of this page. Countries where native speakers make up only a few thousand or even a few hundred people, or countries with a percentage well below 1%, are maybe not listed here.