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SLC: there is a desire to please businessmen in language matter

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUEvery now and then a desire to please businessmen, foreigners and investors is noticed in state administration, which surfaces in the form of additional freedoms, said State Language Centre’s director Māris Baltiņš in an interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT.

«The worst part is that people who question the state language’s status appear in both state administration and NGOs. They do not understand that the primary use of the state language is self-evident and not up to debate,» said the head of SLC.

According to him, the overall institutional awareness of the use of Latvian language in state administration is generally good.

Looking at the situation in other sectors, Baltiņš mentioned there have been cases when people think it is allowed to publish advertisements only in foreign languages. There have been situations in which café owners said they get more visitors if their menus are only in English.


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  1. Mark says:

    «The worst part is that people who question the state language’s status appear in both state administration and NGOs.”

    This is how Latvia is shooting itself in the foot.

    Why are the VID interface and the supporting documentation only available in Latvian?

    Be welcoming to foreigners. Make it easy for English speaking foreigners to do business in Latvia. Offer a well defined subset of the VID experience in English too. Start with the web interface and the documentation. They’re here already and good quality. This will hardly cost 50000€ a year to the state budget. It will bring in multiple times that in taxes, and more importantly motivated young people!

    And before complaining about foreigners not speaking the language, build a stellar language learning system for foreigners. The existing one is shamefully bad. You’ll find they will want to pay for it!

    Build it and they will come. Latvia needs people!

    P.S. I’m a Western European foreigner and I speak Latvian rather well.

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