Latvia's State Language Centre has imposed a fine on Riga municipality for scandalously replacing a diacritical sign in "Rīga" with a heart. The municipal authorities thus wanted to spice up the large "Welcome to Riga" sign on the entrance to the city.
Riga sign. Photo BNN

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