Country of residence and nationality of residents of Latvia at the beginning of 2006

12.05.2006

The Central Statistics Bureau has summarized information on residents of Latvia regarding their native countries and nationalities as to the beginning of 2006.

According to census data of 2000, 1.94 million, or 81.5 % of all residents of the country were born in Latvia. Within six years, the number of residents born in our country decreased by 18 thsd., and as to the beginning of 2006 it was1.92 million, or 83.7 % of all population.

375 thousand persons residing in Latvia are born abroad. 83% of them are born in Russia, Byelorussia, and Ukraine. 34.8 thousand of population are born in one of countries of European Union (9.3 % of all born in foreign countries). The largest number of those are born in Lithuania, Estonia, and Germany.

Countries with comparatively largest number of Latvian residents born there

  

2000

2006

kopā

procentos

kopā

procentos

Total population

2377383

100

2294590

100

  country of birth:

Latvia

1937919

81.5

1919718

83.7

Russia

229052

9.6

199718

8.7

Byelorussia

76179

3.2

66280

2.9

Ukraine

51410

2.2

46526

2.0

Lithuania

27528

1.2

24107

1.1

Kazakhstan

8212

0.3

7917

0.3

Estonia

3856

0.2

3814

0.2

Germany

2611

0.1

2945

0.1

Azerbaijan

2989

0.1

2780

0.1

Uzbekistan

2749

0.1

2619

0.1

Moldova

2297

0.1

2198

0.1

Other countries

32581

1.4

15968

0.7

According to the data of census of 2000, 1.77 million, or 74.5 % of all popula6tion of the country were citizens of Republic of Latvia. In 2006, the number of citizens of Republic of Latvia was 1.84 million, or 80.1% of total population. In comparison to 2000, the number of citizens of Republic of Latvia increased by 67.6 thousand, or 3.8 %. The number of non-citizens has decreased by 85 thousand, or 17% since 2000.

There are citizens of more than one hundred countries residing in Latvia. Almost 25 thousand, or 67% of the total of other nationals are citizens of Russia, 2.7 thousand or 7.0% are citizens of Ukraine, and 2.6 thousand or 6.9% are citizens of Lithuania.

National identity of residents of Latvia

(per cent, as to beginning of the year)

Nationality

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Citizens of Latvia

74.5

75.4

76.3

77.1

77.8

78.9

80.1

Non-citizens of Latvia

24.4

23.4

22.4

21.6

20.8

19.6

18.2

Ciitzens of Russia

0.8

0.9

1.0

0.9

1.0

1.0

1.1

Citizens of Lithuania

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

Citizens of Ukraine

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

Citizens of Byelorussia

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.1

0.1

0.1

Other

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.2

0.1

0.2

0.3

Prepared by Section of Population Statistics
of Department of Social Statistics
Phone 7366903
Elmira Senkane