Contact Information

Baltic Languages and Cultures belongs to the Department of Modern Languages.

P.O. Box 24 (Unioninkatu 40 B)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki


Welcome to the website for Baltic Languages and Cultures!

The Baltic languages are part of the Indo-European family of languages, and they are mainly spoken in the regions located to the East and South-East of the Baltic Sea. The only Baltic languages spoken today are Lithuanian and Latvian. The Baltic languages are of particular philological interest because they have preserved many archaic features from Proto-Indo-European. Lithuanian is regarded as the most ancient of the contemporary Indo-European languages.

Lithuanian has about 3.9 million native speakers, and Latvian about 1.7 million. Each of these languages is the sole official language of the country concerned. Latvia and Lithuania have been members of the European Union since 2004.