Sunday 6 January 2019

Latvia and Lithuania, disappearing nations

In 2000, Latvia’s population stood at 2.38 million. At the start of 2018, it was 1.95 million, a decrease of 18.2%. Lithuania registered a 17.5% decrease over the same period. In Estonia the population has fallen by a more modest 15% since 1990.


  1. Aren't they mostly in London?

  2. Foreign Ministry doesn't know how many Latvians live in UK

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    february 16, 2017, 12:28 | Society
    Authors: (Latvian Public Broadcasting), Latvijas Radio 4
    Neither Latvia, nor the United Kingdom know how many Latvians are living in Britain currently. That's what Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs told Latvian Radio 4 on February 16 upon returning from talks with the UK's Brexit Minister David Davis.
    About 100,000 Latvians are living in the UK, according to British estimates, while Latvia's Foreign Ministry puts the number at up to 150,000 said Rinkēvičs.

    "Neither we, nor Britain have exact data as no one is obliged to register there," said Rinkēvičs.

    1. Lithuanians in the United Kingdom include individuals born in Lithuania who have migrated to the UK as well as their British-born descendants. The 2011 UK Census recorded 95,730 Lithuanian-born residents in England, 1,353 in Wales, 4,287 in Scotland, and 7,341 in Northern Ireland.

  3. Many went to Scandinavia early on after 1989.

  4. Latvia's Total Fertility Rate is apparently about 1.35. So quite apart from people leaving it's a dying society. The future belongs to those who show up for it. Latvians have made their decision not to show up for the future.

    Since they intend to commit suicide and therefore won't be using their country they might as well give it up to someone else.

    I have no patience with either people or nations with suicidal tendencies. If Latvians don't want to exist any more that's their problem.

  5. Birth rates are dropping in most developed countries, including successful nonwestern ones such as Korea and Japan, for a wide range of reasons.

  6. Lithuania has few natural resources except her people. It is poor farming land, similar to that of former East Prussia. With no natural resources, heavy sand medium industry could never take root. Emigration was a major feature of Lithuanian life (both Catholic and Jewish) from the 19th century.