Latvian speaking countriesLatvian 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.
|Latvia||Northern Europe||yes||56.3 %||1,061,000|
|Åland Islands||Northern Europe||no||1.0 %||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.