Posts tagged as mother tongues

Two mother tongues and post-Soviet transition: Lithuania’s ethnic minorities 30 years later

Monday, May 25, 2020

As Lithuania marked the day of minorities on May 21, what is the situation for Lithuania’s largest ethnic communities, Polish and Russian, today? The Polish minority in Lithuania constitutes 6.6 percent of the population, according to the 2011 census, while the Russian-speaking community makes up 5.8 percent. When Lithuania declared independence 30 years ago, in March 1990, the rising euphoria for freedom among Lithuanians contrasted somewhat with unease among the…