1931 Latvian Riga Cathedral referendum

A referendum on the transfer of Riga Cathedral to the Lutheran Church was held in Latvia on 5 and 6 September 1931.[1] Following a 1923 referendum the Lutheran Church had been forced to share the cathedral with the Roman Catholic Church.[2] The referendum was passed by a large margin, and despite a voter turnout of only 32%, the government decided to proceed with the legislation.[3] The outcome of the referendum led to an increase in the popularity of civic parties in the parliamentary elections in October.[3]


Choice Votes %
For 380,714 97.87
Against 8,267 2.13
Invalid/blank votes 1,179
Total 390,160 100
Registered voters/turnout 1,217,914 32.03
Source: Direct Democracy


  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1122 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Hiden, J (2004) Defender of minorities: Paul Schiemann, 1876-1944, p92
  3. ^ a b Nohlen & Stöver, p1135