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RIGA, Aug 2 (LETA) - At the end of 2017, the native tongue of 60.8 percent of Latvia's population was Latvian, the Central Statistical Bureau informed today.
In turn, the explorer of Latvian literature and theatre, academician Viktors Hausmanis has pointed out that "literature is one of the ways for the manifestation of our nation's existence, testimony to our identity.
By the 2020/2021 school year, the government wants all 16- to 18-year-olds to study in Latvian only -- except subjects related to minority languages and heritage.
Whoever wants can use their language at home or in school," Latvian President Andris Berzins said in 2012, when there was a (failed) referendum about making Russian a second official language in Latvia.
One estimate suggests that by around 1906 about 8,000 to 9,000 Latvians were living in the United States.
There is a very warm feeling towards the UK amongst the Latvians whom I met.
Major milestones in twentieth century Latvian history-- the declaration of Latvian independence (November 18, 1918), the secret protocols of the Molotov-Ribbentrop (or Nazi-Soviet) Pact (August 23, 1939), the annexation of Latvia to the USSR (August 1940), the massive purges and deportations of Latvians (1941, 1949, and 1959), and, the migration of Russian settlers into Latvian cities--left an indelible mark on Latvian national consciousness, which contributed to the rise of strong anti- Soviet sentiment in that Soviet republic.
"I began to wonder if any of these Latvian performers knew that their videos were being used to teach us Latvian," said Riga Deputy Chief of Mission Caryn McClelland.
This event not only denied Holocaust memory but it praised the Latvian Legion--those who took an active part in killing their nation's Jews.
During that period, any expression of the idea of national identity was persecuted severely, since the leading ideologists understood it was associated with the aspirations for independence and had an important symbolic value in the consciousness of Latvians.
What's the significance of the Latvian art on display and did it come primarily from the collection of the Latvian National Museum of Art (LNMA)?

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