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Lutsis on the Livonian national day

Uldis Balodis speaks about the Lutsis. Photo: Zane Ernštreite

The researchers of the University of Latvia Livonian Institute shared stories of the Institute’s accomplishments during its first year of work during Livonian Culture Day, which took place this year as part of the annual Livonian Festival.

Researcher Uldis Balodis spoke about the Lutsis (Ludza Estonians) and the role of the UL Livonian Institute in supporting the efforts by other Finnic peoples in Latvia in developing and maintaining their languages and cultures. There are at least five Finnic communities or descendants of these communities living in Latvia: the Livonians, Lutsis, Leivus, the descendants of the Krevins or Bauska Votes, and the speakers of South Estonian inhabiting the Latvian-Estonian border region.

Read more here (, 10.08.2019)