Picture Languages

Latvian speaking countries

Latvian is the official language in Latvia and is spoken on the Åland Islands 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.

As a percentage of the total population, the largest share of around 56 percent is in Latvia. A total of about 1.1 million people worldwide speak Latvian as their mother tongue.
Distribution Latvian

CountryRegionOfficial languageDistributionTotal
LatviaNorthern Europeyes56.3 %1,061,000
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 unlikely to be listed here.