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Complaints for disuse of state language increase tenfold

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The State Language Centre received 935 complaints regarding the disuse of state language when carrying out official duties in 2012. Nearly 60% of complaints are related to the disuse of state language in the sphere of services, says the manager of the centre’s control department Anton Kursitis.

Most complaints are directed towards merchants, barbers, taxi drivers and guards. There are more written complaints received in 2012 than there was five years ago, Kursitis said in an interview to Latvian Radio.

6-7% of complaints are related to signboards and the lack of state language used in their contents. Most complaints were received in Riga, while a positive tendency is noted in Daugavpils. There are a lot of signboards only in English, representative of the State Language Centre notes.

The State Language Centre also fined more than 900 individuals for incorrect or insufficient translations of manuals of imported goods. This mostly applies to the translations of non-food products in small companies that import goods from Russia, China and other countries. “Latvia is too small a country for the producer to add information in Latvian language. This is why we need stickers with Latvian translation,” – Kursitis explained.

The State Language Centre punishes for disuse of state language on the internet as well. For example, this applies to company websites that offer information only in Russian. “More than 80% of Latvian residents understand Russian language. This is enough for businessmen. But we punish such people as well; violations are then rectified,” – Kursitis said.

Kursitis also said that the State Language Service plans to make a decision regarding the administrative case of the press conference before the Latvia-Lichtenstein football match on October 15, which did not have a translation to Latvian language.

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