Mayor of Narva: Outside the town hall, most conversations are conducted in Russian

Mayor of Narva: Outside the town hall, most conversations are conducted in Russian

The work in Narva City Hall is conducted in Estonian, but outside the city hall one has to communicate mostly in Russian. As ERR reports, the Mayor of the Estonian border town Jaan Toots told about it. He noted that since 96% of the population in the city are Russians, they have to communicate in Russian.

The work in the mayor’s office of Narva is conducted in Estonian, but outside the town hall one has to communicate mainly in Russian. As ERR reports, the mayor of the Estonian border town Jaan Toots told about it.

Toots, who was elected mayor of Narva on 5 October, said that he had little time to get used to his new position, while working days often last 12 hours.

Toots also said that the language of office work in the Narva City Council is Estonian, but that outside the city hall most conversations are conducted in Russian.

“It is clear that since 96 per cent of the city’s population is Russian, we have to communicate in Russian,” Toots stated.

According to him, he has had to practice his Russian language skills often in his life: at work in the ports of Tallinn and Riga, as well as in the transit firm Transgroup Invest.

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