Lithuanian dating and marriage beliefs
The Soviet occupation led to the loss of 250,000 Latvians through exile and death. Livonian, a Finno-Ugric language is now almost extinct but is experiencing a revival.At present ethnic Latvians account for 56 percent of the population. By the twelfth century a common language was spoken.
In the second half of the nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries the educated segments of the population became fluent in Russian.Russian has had a strong influence on religious vocabulary, while German has influenced the domestic vocabulary.Written Latvian bore little relationship to the spoken language until 1638.Urbanization, war, and the Soviet occupation have been the major sources of demographic change.Until the Soviet occupation Latvia was a predominantly rural society.