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Final results: 74.8% against Russian as official language

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On Saturday, February 18, in the national referendum on whether to grant Russian the status of an official language 273 347 or 24.88% of citizens voted for, but 821 722 or 74.8% – against.

3 524 or 0.32% of ballot papers were invalid, according to the Central Election Commission.

127 772 or 36.09% of citizens voted in favour in Riga, 35 164 or 11.78% in Vidzeme, 78 736 or 55.57% in Latgale, 12 282 or 8.46% in Kurzeme and 19 381 or 12.23% in Zemgale.

224 841 or 63.5% of citizens were against in Riga, 262 643 or 87.98% in Vidzeme, 62 369 or 44.02% in Latgale, 108 017 or 91.37% in Kurzeme and 138 565 or 87.42% in Zemgale.

1 443  ballot papers were invalid in Riga, 706 in Vidzeme, 575 in Latgale, 247 in Kurzeme and 553 in Zemgale.

These numbers are results from a total of 1 035 polling stations in Latvia and abroad.

31 461 or 79.24% of citizens abroad voted against the amendments, while 8 163 or 20.56% want Russian as an official language in Latvia.

In these polling stations 79 or 0.2% of ballot papers were invalid.

Ref: 102.110/105.105/110.318


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  1. Calculator says:

    Percents for Latgale are wrong.

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  2. kat says:

    I’m so happy that so many Latvians stood for their country and language! We can’t let the Kreml take over our countries again!

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Kreml take over? As a norwegian living in Latvia you latvians seems to have a phobia against this. Sad, really.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    Sad country and people

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