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Liepāja
Liepāja
(pronounced [liepaːja] ( listen)), (German: Libau; see other names) is a city in western Latvia, located on the Baltic Sea. It is the largest city in the Kurzeme Region and the third largest city in the country after Riga
Riga
and Daugavpils. It is an important ice-free port. In 2017 population of Liepāja
Liepāja
is 69,443 people. In the 19th and early 20th century it was a favourite place for sea-bathers with the town boasting a fine park and many pretty gardens, and a theatre.[1] Liepāja
Liepāja
is however known throughout Latvia as " City
City
where the wind is born", likely because of the constant sea breeze. A song of the same name (Latvian: "Pilsētā, kurā piedzimst vējš") was composed by Imants Kalniņš
Imants Kalniņš
and has become the anthem of the city. Its reputation as the windiest city in Latvia
Latvia
was strengthened with the construction of the largest wind farm in the nation (33 Enercon
Enercon
wind turbines) nearby. The Coat of Arms of Liepāja
Liepāja
was adopted four days after the jurisdiction gained city rights on 18 March 1625.[2] These are described as: "on a silver background, the lion of Courland
Courland
with a divided tail, who leans upon a linden (Latvian: Liepa) tree with its forelegs." The flag of Liepāja
Liepāja
has the coat of arms in the center, with red in the top half and green in the bottom.[2]

Contents

1 Names and etymology 2 History

2.1 Early history 2.2 Livonian confederation 2.3 Duchy of Courland
Courland
and Semigallia 2.4 Russian Empire 2.5 World War I and War of Independence 2.6 1920–1940 2.7 World War II 2.8 Latvian SSR 2.9 1990–present

3 Climate 4 Geography

4.1 Jūrmala
Jūrmala
Park 4.2 Libava fortress 4.3 Districts 4.4 Suburbs 4.5 Closest cities

5 Architecture and sightseeing

5.1 Monuments and memorials

5.1.1 Former monuments

5.2 Museums 5.3 Churches 5.4 Notable buildings

6 Transport 7 Communications 8 Economy 9 Infrastructure

9.1 Roads and bridges 9.2 Electricity distribution and generation 9.3 Gas 9.4 Sewer and water 9.5 Heating 9.6 Waste management

10 Society and culture

10.1 Literature, theater and films 10.2 Music 10.3 Sport 10.4 Tourism and entertainment

10.4.1 Nightclubs

11 Demographics

11.1 Religion

12 Government 13 Former city mayors

13.1 Russian Empire 13.2 Independent Latvia
Latvia
(1918–1940) 13.3 Soviet Union 13.4 Independent Latvia
Latvia
(1990–present)

14 Education and science 15 Representation in other media 16 Notable natives 17 International relations

17.1 Twin towns – sister cities

18 Gallery 19 See also 20 Notes and references 21 Bibliography 22 External links

Names and etymology[edit] See also: Names of Liepāja
Liepāja
in different languages It is said[by whom?] that the first settlement at the location of modern Liepāja
Liepāja
was known by the name Līva from the name of the river Līva on which Liepāja
Liepāja
was located. The name was derived from the Livonian word Liiv meaning "sand". The oldest written text mentioning the Latvian name is said[by whom?] to be dated 4 April 1253. In 1263, the Teutonic Order
Teutonic Order
established a town which they called Libau in German. The Latvian name Liepāja
Liepāja
was mentioned for the first time in 1649 by Paul Einhorn in his work Historia Lettica. A Russian name from the time of the Russian Empire
Russian Empire
was Либава[3] or Либау, although Лиепая, a transliteration of Liepāja
Liepāja
has been used since World War II. Some other names for the city include Liepoja in Lithuanian,[3] Lipawa in Polish[3] and ליבאַװע‎ (Libave) in Yiddish. History[edit] Early history[edit] It is said[by whom?] that the original settlement at the location of modern Liepāja
Liepāja
was founded by Curonian fishermen from Piemare
Piemare
as Līva, but Henry (Henricus Lettus) of Livonia, in his famous Chronicle, makes no mention of the settlement. The Teutonic Order established a town which they called Libau here in 1263, followed by Mitau two years later. In 1418 the city was sacked and burned by the Lithuanians.[citation needed][4] Livonian confederation[edit] During the 15th century, a part of the trade route from Amsterdam
Amsterdam
to Moscow
Moscow
passed through Līva, where it was known as the "white road to Lyva portus". By 1520 the river Līva had become too shallow for easy navigation, and development of the city declined. Duchy of Courland
Courland
and Semigallia[edit] In 1560, Gotthard Kettler
Gotthard Kettler
loaned all the Grobiņa
Grobiņa
district, including Libau, to Albert, Duke of Prussia
Albert, Duke of Prussia
for 50,000 guldens. Only in 1609 after the marriage of Sofie Hohenzollern, Princess of Prussia, to Wilhelm Kettler
Wilhelm Kettler
did the territory return to the Duchy. During the Livonian War, Libau was attacked and burnt by the Swedes. In 1625, Duke Friedrich Kettler
Friedrich Kettler
of Courland
Courland
granted the town city rights, which were affirmed by King Sigismund III of Poland
Poland
in 1626, although under what legal authority Sigismund had is debatable. Under Duke Jacob Kettler
Jacob Kettler
(1642–1681), Libau became one of the main ports of Courland
Courland
as it reached the height of its prosperity. In 1637 Couronian colonization
Couronian colonization
was started from the ports of Libau and Ventspils
Ventspils
(Windau). Kettler was an eager proponent of mercantilist ideas. Metalworking and ship building became much more developed, and trading relations developed not only with nearby countries, but also with Britain, France, the Netherlands and Portugal. In 1697–1703 a canal was cut to the sea and a more modern port was built.[5] In 1701, during the Great Northern War, Libau was captured by Charles XII of Sweden, but by the end of the war, the city had returned to titular Polish possession.[6] In 1710 an epidemic of plague killed about a third of the population. In 1780 the first Freemasonry
Freemasonry
lodge, "Libanons," was established by Provincial Grand Master Ivan Yelagin
Ivan Yelagin
on behalf of the Provincial Lodge of Russia; it was registered as number 524 in the Grand Lodge of England.[7] Russian Empire[edit] Courland
Courland
passed to the control of the Russian Empire
Russian Empire
in 1795 during the third Partition of Poland
Partition of Poland
and was organized as the Courland Governorate of Russia. Growth during the nineteenth century was rapid. During the Crimean War, when the British Royal Navy
Royal Navy
was blockading Russian Baltic ports, the busy yet still unfortified port of Libau was briefly captured on 17 May 1854 without a shot being fired, by a landing party of 110 men from HMS Conflict and HMS Amphion.[8] In 1857 an Imperial Decree provided for a new railway to Libau,[9] and the same year the engineer Jan Heidatel developed a project to reconstruct the port. In 1861–1868 the project was realized – including the building of a lighthouse and breakwaters. Between 1877–1882 the political and literary weekly newspaper Liepājas Pastnieks was published – the first Latvian language
Latvian language
newspaper in Libau.[10] In the 1870s the further rapid development of Russian railways, especially the 1871 opening of the Libava- Kaunas
Kaunas
and the 1876 Liepāja–Romny Railways, ensured that a large proportion of central Russian trade passed through Libau.[11] By 1900, 7% of Russian exports were passing through Libau. The city became a major port of the Russian Empire
Russian Empire
on the Baltic Sea, as well as a popular resort. On the orders of Alexander III, Libau was fortified against possible German attacks. Fortifications were subsequently built around the city, and in the early 20th century, a major military base was established on the northern edge. It included formidable coastal fortifications and extensive quarters for military personnel. As part of the military development, a separate port was excavated for exclusively military use. This area became known as Kara Osta (War Port) and served military needs throughout the twentieth century. Early in the twentieth century, the port of Libau became a central point of embarkation for immigrants traveling to the United States. By 1906 the direct ship service to the United States
United States
was used by 40,000 migrants per year. Simultaneously, the first Russian training school of submarine navigation was founded. In 1912 one of the first water aerodromes in Russia
Russia
was opened in Libau.[12] In 1913, 1,738 ships entered Libau, with 1,548,119 tones of cargo passing through the port. The population had increased from 10,000 to over 100,000 within about 60 years. World War I and War of Independence[edit]

Libau's 5 rubles (1915)

Following the outbreak of The Great War
The Great War
the German cruiser SMS Magdeburg shelled Libau, while other vessels laid mines off the approaches to the port.[13] Libau was soon occupied by the German Army, on 7 May 1915, and in memory of this event, a monument was constructed on Kūrmājas Prospect in 1916 (destroyed by Bolsheviks
Bolsheviks
in 1919). Libau's local government issued its own money for a while in this period – Libaua rubles. An advanced German Zeppelin
Zeppelin
base was constructed at Vaiņode, near Liepāja, with five hangars, in August 1915.[14] On 23 October 1915, the German cruiser SMS Prinz Adalbert was sunk by the British submarine HMS E8, 37 km (23 mi) west of Libau. With collapse of Russia
Russia
and the signing of the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk the occupying German forces had a quiet time but the subsequent collapse of German Empire and the Allied denunciation of the Brest-Litovsk Treaty changed everything. The Independence of Republic of Latvia
Latvia
was proclaimed in November 18, 1918 and the Latvian Provisional Government under Karlis Ulmanis
Karlis Ulmanis
was created. Bolshevik Russia
Russia
now advanced into Latvian territory and met little resistance here. Soon the Provisional Government and remaining German units were forced to leave Riga
Riga
and retreated all the way to Liepāja, but then the Red offensive stalled along the Venta
Venta
river. A Latvian Soviet Republic was announced. Latvia
Latvia
now became the main theatre of Baltic operations for the remaining German forces in 1919. In addition, a Landeswehr was formed to work in conjunction with the German forces. In Liepāja
Liepāja
a coup organized by Germans took place on 16 April 1919 and Ulmanis government was forced to flee and was replaced by Andrievs Niedra. Ulmanis government found a shelter on steamship "Saratov" in Liepāja
Liepāja
port. In May a British cruiser squadron arrived at Libau to support Latvian independence and requested the Germans to leave.[15] During the war, the words of "The Jäger March" were written in Libau by Heikki Nurmio. The German Freikorps, having recaptured Riga
Riga
from the Bolsheviks, departed in late 1919, and with some Polish assistance the Bolsheviks were driven out of the Latvian hinterlands in early 1920. 1920–1940[edit] During the interwar period Liepāja
Liepāja
was the second major city in Latvia. In an attempt to put Libau 'on the map', on 31 January 1922 the Libau Bank was founded with significant new capital, transforming the old Libau Exchange Bank which had belonged to the Libau Exchange Association, and it eventually became the fourth largest of Latvia's joint stock banks. However, when a Riga
Riga
branch of the bank was opened, the business centre of gravity shifted from Liepāja
Liepāja
so that by 1923 its Riga
Riga
'branch' was responsible for 90% of the turnover. The German consul in Liepāja
Liepāja
reported at the time that "Riga, the economic heart of the country, draws all business to itself." The Latvian government ignored the pleas of the Libau Exchange Association to frustrate this.[16] In 1935 KOD (Latvian: Kara ostas darbnīcas) started to manufacture the light aircraft KOD-1
KOD-1
and KOD-2 at Liepāja. However it became evident in this year that trade with the new Soviet Union
Soviet Union
had virtually collapsed.[17] World War II[edit] See also: Liepāja
Liepāja
massacres

Top secret USSR document about creating a closed military port in Liepāja. Signed by Stalin (note: there is a spelling mistake in the word "Liepāja" – Russian: Лепая) (1951)

The ports and human capital of Liepāja
Liepāja
and Ventspils
Ventspils
were targets of Joseph Stalin. He signed the Molotov–Ribbentrop pact
Molotov–Ribbentrop pact
in part to gain control of this territory. When the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
annexed the territory in 1940, it nationalized private property. Many thousands of former owners were arrested and deported to the gulag camps in Siberia. In 1941 Liepāja
Liepāja
was among the first cities captured by the 291st Division of Army Group North after Nazi Germany
Germany
began Operation Barbarossa, its war against the Soviet Union. German Nazis and Latvian collaborators virtually exterminated the local Jewish population, which had numbered about 7,000 before the war. Film footage of an Einsatzgruppen
Einsatzgruppen
execution of local Jews was taken in Liepāja.[18] Most of these mass murders took place in the dunes of Šķēde
Šķēde
north of the city. Fewer than thirty Jews survived in Liepāja
Liepāja
by the end of the war. During the period 1944–1945, as the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
began its offensive to the Baltic Sea, Liepāja
Liepāja
was within the " Courland
Courland
Pocket". It was occupied by the Soviet army
Soviet army
on 9 May 1945. Thousands of Latvians fled as refugees to Germany. The city had been devastated during the war, and most of the buildings and industrial plant were destroyed. Latvian SSR[edit] On 25–29 March 1949, the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
organized a second mass deportation to Siberia
Siberia
from Liepāja. In 1950 a monument to Stalin was erected on Station square (Latvian: Stacijas laukums). It was dismantled in 1958 after the Party Congress that discussed his abuses. During 1953–1957 the city center was reconstructed under the direction of architects A. Kruglov and M. Žagare.[5] In 1952–1955 the Liepāja
Liepāja
Academy of Pedagogy building was constructed under the direction of A. Aivars. In 1960 the Kurzeme shopping centre was opened. During the Soviet administration, Liepāja
Liepāja
was a closed city; even local farmers and villagers needed a special permit to enter it. The Soviet military set up its Baltic naval base and nuclear weapon warehouses there; The Beberliņš sandpit was dug out to extract sand used for constructing underground warehouses. In 1967 the Soviets completely closed the port to commercial traffic. One third of the city was taken up with a Soviet naval base; its military staff numbered 26,000. The 14th Submarine Squadron of the USSR's Baltic Fleet (Russian: 14 эскадрилья ЛиВМБ ДКБФ, call sign "Комплекс") was stationed there with 16 submarines (Types: 613, 629a, 651); as was the 6th group of Rear Supply of the Baltic Fleet, and the 81st Design Bureau and Reserve Command Center of the same force. In 1977 Liepāja
Liepāja
was awarded the Order of the October Revolution
Order of the October Revolution
for heroic defense against Nazi Germany
Germany
in 1941. Five residents were awarded the honorary title Hero of Socialist Labor: Anatolijs Filatkins, Artūrs Fridrihsons, Voldemārs Lazdups, Valentins Šuvajevs and Otīlija Žagata. Because of the rapid growth of the city's population, a shortage of apartment houses resulted. To resolve this, the Soviet government organized development of most of the modern Liepāja
Liepāja
districts: Dienvidrietumi, Ezerkrasts, Ziemeļu priekšpilsēta, Zaļā birze and Tosmare. The majority of these blocks were constructed of ferro-concrete panels in standard projects designed by the state Latgyprogorstroy Institute (Russian: Латгипрогорстрой). In 1986 the new central city hospital in Zaļa birze was opened.[19]

Soviet-era apartment blocks in Liepāja

1990–present[edit] After Latvia
Latvia
regained independence after the fall of the Soviet Union, Liepāja
Liepāja
has worked hard to change from a military city into a modern port city (again appearing on European maps after the secrecy of the Soviet period). The commercial port was re-opened in 1991, and in 1994 the last Russian troops left Liepāja. Since then, Liepāja
Liepāja
has engaged in international co-operation, has been associated with 10 twin and partner cities, and is an active partner in several co-operation networks. Facilities are being improved. The city is the location of Latvia's largest naval flotilla, the largest warehouses of ammunition and weapons in the Baltic states, and the main supply centre of the Latvian army. At the beginning of the 21st century, many ambitious construction projects were planned for the city, including a NATO
NATO
military base, and Baltic Sea
Baltic Sea
Park, planned as the biggest amusement park in the Baltic states. Most of the projects have not yet been realised due to economic and political factors. Liepāja's heating network was renovated with the cooperation of French and Russian companies: Dalkia and Gazprom, respectively. In 2006, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, a direct descendant of Jacob Kettler
Jacob Kettler
visited Liepāja. In 2010 the coal cogeneration 400 MW power plant was built in Liepāja
Liepāja
with the support of the government. Climate[edit]

Liepāja
Liepāja
enjoys a semi-continental climate noted as "Dfb" in the Köppen classification. The major factor influencing the weather in the region is the Baltic Sea, providing a relatively mild winter for its high latitude (although snowy) and a relatively cool summer. During the winter the sea around Liepāja
Liepāja
is virtually ice-free. Although occasionally some land-fast ice may develop, it seldom reaches a hundred meters from the shore and does not last long before melting. The sea warms up fully only in the beginning of August, so the best bathing season in Liepāja
Liepāja
is from August to September. Summers are more affected by the maritime climate than east-facing cities on similar latitudes in opposite Sweden, but winters are milder than inland areas to the east. Regular meteorological observations in the city have been conducted from 1857.

Average temperatures:

February: −3.1 °C (26 °F) July: 16.0 °C (61 °F)

Absolute minimum of temperature: −33 °C (−27 °F) Absolute maximum of temperature: 34 °C (93 °F) Number of sunny days per year: 196 Average speed of wind: 5.8 m/s (13 mph) Average annual norm of precipitation (mostly rain): 692 mm (27.2 in) Typical wind directions: in the winter – southern, in the summer – western.

Climate data for Liepaja
Liepaja
(1981-2010 temp and precipitation, 1961-1990 sun, humidity)

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Record high °C (°F) 7.9 (46.2) 15.5 (59.9) 17.8 (64) 24.5 (76.1) 30.0 (86) 32.7 (90.9) 33.7 (92.7) 33.6 (92.5) 30.7 (87.3) 22.2 (72) 15.4 (59.7) 10.1 (50.2) 33.7 (92.7)

Average high °C (°F) 0.8 (33.4) 0.7 (33.3) 3.8 (38.8) 9.8 (49.6) 15.3 (59.5) 17.9 (64.2) 21.0 (69.8) 21.0 (69.8) 16.5 (61.7) 11.3 (52.3) 5.6 (42.1) 2.3 (36.1) 10.5 (50.9)

Daily mean °C (°F) −1.3 (29.7) −1.7 (28.9) 1.0 (33.8) 6.0 (42.8) 11.2 (52.2) 14.3 (57.7) 17.4 (63.3) 17.4 (63.3) 13.2 (55.8) 8.6 (47.5) 3.6 (38.5) 0.3 (32.5) 7.6 (45.7)

Average low °C (°F) −3.3 (26.1) −4.1 (24.6) −1.9 (28.6) 2.2 (36) 7.0 (44.6) 10.7 (51.3) 13.8 (56.8) 13.7 (56.7) 9.9 (49.8) 5.9 (42.6) 1.5 (34.7) −1.8 (28.8) 4.5 (40.1)

Record low °C (°F) −32.9 (−27.2) −31.6 (−24.9) −23.8 (−10.8) −10.1 (13.8) −4.3 (24.3) 0.5 (32.9) 4.8 (40.6) 4.6 (40.3) −1.7 (28.9) −7.3 (18.9) −17.5 (0.5) −25.8 (−14.4) −32.9 (−27.2)

Average precipitation mm (inches) 58.5 (2.303) 42.2 (1.661) 46.5 (1.831) 43.0 (1.693) 41.2 (1.622) 56.0 (2.205) 72.1 (2.839) 77.9 (3.067) 81.9 (3.224) 89.8 (3.535) 87.8 (3.457) 73.7 (2.902) 762.9 (30.035)

Average precipitation days 13.7 9.9 10.6 7.1 6.9 8.3 8.8 10.0 12.0 13.8 15.6 14.5 130.1

Average relative humidity (%) 87.2 85.8 82.8 76.3 75.7 77.4 78.9 78.5 80.5 82.9 87.4 86.9 81.7

Mean monthly sunshine hours 34 64 130 187 273 295 279 248 173 103 43 28 1,857

Source #1: NOAA
NOAA
(sun 1961-1990)[20]

Source #2: Weatherbase (precipitation, humidity, extremes)[21] Source #3: Météo Climat [22]

Geography[edit]

Beach in Liepāja

Liepāja
Liepāja
is situated on the coast of the Baltic Sea
Baltic Sea
in the south-western part of Latvia. The westernmost geographical point of Latvia
Latvia
is located approximately 15 km (9 mi) to the south thus making Liepāja
Liepāja
Latvia's furthest west city. Liepāja
Liepāja
is situated between the Baltic Sea
Baltic Sea
and Liepāja Lake
Liepāja Lake
with residential and industrial areas spreading north of the lake. The Trade Channel (Tirdzniecības kanāls) connects the lake to the sea dividing the city into southern and northern parts, which are often referred to as the Old Town (Vecliepāja) and the New Town (Jaunliepāja) respectively. The city center is located in the southern part and, although called the Old Town, is relatively more developed. Most of the administrative and cultural buildings are found here as well as the main leisure areas. Along the coast the city extends northwards until it reaches the Karosta
Karosta
Channel (Karostas kanāls). North of the Karosta
Karosta
Channel is an area called Karosta
Karosta
which is now fully integrated into Liepāja
Liepāja
and is the northernmost district of the city. Liepāja's coastline consists of an unbroken sandy beach and dunes as does most of Latvia's coastline. The beach of Liepāja
Liepāja
is not as exploited as other places (e.g. the Gulf of Riga, Jūrmala
Jūrmala
and Pärnu in Estonia) but also lacks the tourist infrastructure needed for a fashionable, modern resort. Jūrmala
Jūrmala
Park[edit] Jūrmala
Jūrmala
Park (Seaside Park) is located in the western part of the city at the seaside. The park is 3 km (2 mi) long with a total area of 70 ha and is one of the largest planted parks in Latvia. It was developed at the end of the 19th century At the end of Peldu Street are Latvia's largest drums – one of the objects of Liepāja's environmental design which reminds one that Liepāja
Liepāja
is the music capital of Latvia. The open-air concert stage Pūt, vējiņi! (Blow, wind, blow!) was built in 1964. It has been the venue for a good many concerts and festivals, with the festival "Liepājas Dzintars" ("Amber of Liepāja") being the most famous among them, as it could be regarded as the oldest rock festival of the former Soviet Union. It was held for the first time in 1968. Alongside the stage is an interesting building, the former Bath House built in 1902 and designed by Max Paul Bertschy. At the beginning of the 19th century Liepāja was a renowned health resort and the Russian tsar and his family had been visiting Liepāja. This all encouraged other aristocrats from Russia
Russia
and Europe to spend their summers in Liepāja
Liepāja
as well. Libava fortress[edit] In the beginning of the 20th century, Libava fortress was the most expensive and ambitious project of the Russian army on the Baltic sea. The massive concrete fortifications with eight cannon batteries was built to protect the city and its population from German attacks. Secret underground passages of the fortress became the most famous Liepāja's urban legend.

Districts[edit]

Vecliepāja Ezerkrasts Dienvidrietumu rajons Ziemeļu priekšpilsēta Jaunliepāja Velnciems Karosta Tosmare Zaļā birze Jauna Pasaule

Suburbs[edit]

Aucugals Grīnvalti Pērkone Cimdenieki Kapsēde Šķēde

Closest cities[edit] The closest city to Liepāja
Liepāja
is Grobiņa, located about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) away towards Riga. Other main cities in the region are Klaipėda
Klaipėda
(approx. 110 km (68 mi) to the south), Ventspils (approx. 115 km (71 mi) to the north) and Saldus
Saldus
(approx. 100 km (62 mi) to the east). The distance to Riga
Riga
(the capital of Latvia) is about 200 km (124 mi) to the east. The nearest point to Liepāja
Liepāja
across the Baltic sea is the Swedish island of Gotland
Gotland
approximately 160 km (99 mi) to the north-west. The distance to Stockholm
Stockholm
is 216 nautical miles.

Neighbouring areas

Pavilosta, Ventspils Aizpute

Liepaja

Grobina

Nīca

Architecture and sightseeing[edit] Liepāja
Liepāja
is rich in different architecture styles: wooden houses, Art Nouveau buildings, Soviet-era apartments and a number of green parks all contribute to the character of the city. The main areas of interest for tourists include the city center with its many churches, the Seaside park with white sandy beaches and the northern suburb of Karosta, a former secret military encampment which is now a major tourist attraction. Other areas of interest for tourists are Vecliepāja; Ezerkrasts, which is close to Liepāja
Liepāja
lake; and the Karosta
Karosta
beaches with their picturesque blasted forts.

Monuments and memorials[edit]

Monument to the sailors and fishermen lost at sea – 1977 Monument to the Defenders of Liepāja
Liepāja
in 1941–1960 Monument to 1919 Freedom Fighters Monument to Mirdza Ķempe
Mirdza Ķempe
– 1989 Monument to Ēvalds Rimbenieks – 2008 Memorial wall in Zaļa birze Nikolay Dedaev Monument Statue of Hermes
Hermes
(Liela 10) 1 Rock Café Guitar The Amber clock

Former monuments[edit]

Monument to Imants Sudmalis
Imants Sudmalis
– 1978 (partially dismantled and relocated) Monument to Lenin – 1970 (dismantled) Monument to Nelson Stepanyan
Nelson Stepanyan
(relocated to Kaliningrad) Monument to the 11 sailors of Soviet submarine L-3
Soviet submarine L-3
(relocated to Moscow) Monument to the submariners of the Baltic Sea
Baltic Sea
(partially dismantled)

Museums[edit]

The Liepāja
Liepāja
Museum[23] Department of Liepaja
Liepaja
Museum " Liepaja
Liepaja
during the occupational regimes" Museum "History of Liepāja
Liepāja
Community of Jews" Museum "Liepājas Metalurgs" (founded in 2007) Museum " Karosta
Karosta
Prison"[24]

Churches[edit]

St. Paul's Baptist
Baptist
Church (1895) St. Anna's Lutheran
Lutheran
Church (1587) Liepāja Holy Trinity Lutheran Cathedral
Liepāja Holy Trinity Lutheran Cathedral
(1758) St. Joseph's Catholic Cathedral (1762) Holy Trinity
Holy Trinity
Orthodox Church (1867) St Nicholas Naval Cathedral, Karosta
Karosta
(1901–1903) St. Meinhard's church

Notable buildings[edit]

Rose square (Latvian: Rožu laukums) Swan Pond (remnant of river Līva) Hotel "Libava" Peter The Great
Peter The Great
house – the oldest house in Liepāja Graudu 45 – Graudu nams (Jugendstil) Graudu 42 – former "Bonic Café" Pētertirgus – Central market Liepājas teatris City
City
council building – former District court Restaurant "Vecais Kapteins" University of Liepāja
University of Liepāja
building 1st Latvian Rock Café

Transport[edit]

Public transport in Liepāja

The urban transport network of Liepāja
Liepāja
relies mainly on buses and minicoaches. As of 2009[update] there are 12 bus routes and 5 minibus routes in Liepāja. The city also has a single two-way 6.9-kilometre-long (4.3-mile) tram line running through some parts of the city from north-east to south-west, which also provides a vital transport link. The tram line was founded after the opening of the first Liepāja
Liepāja
power plant in 1899, which makes it the oldest electric tram line in the Baltic states; it is now operated by the municipal company Liepājas tramvajs. The Port of Liepāja
Port of Liepāja
has a wide water area and consists of three main parts. The Winter harbor is located in the Trade channel and serves small local fishing vessels as well as medium cargo ships. Immediately north of the Trade channel is the main area of the port, separated from the open sea by a line of breakwaters. This part of the port can accommodate large ships and ferries. Further north is Karosta
Karosta
harbor, also called Karosta
Karosta
channel, which was formerly a military harbor but is now used for ship repairs and other commercial purposes. Liepāja
Liepāja
also welcomes yachts and other leisure vessels which can enter the Trade channel and moor almost in the center of the city. Liepāja
Liepāja
has a railway connection to Jelgava
Jelgava
and Riga
Riga
and through them to the rest of Latvia's railway network. There is just one passenger station in the New town, but the railway extends further and links to the port. There is also a northward railway track leading to Ventspils, but in recent decades it has fallen into disuse for economic reasons. The railway provides the main means of delivering cargo to the port. Two main highways, the A9 and A11, connect the city and its port to the rest of the country. The A9 leads north-west towards Riga
Riga
and central Latvia
Latvia
and the A11 leads south to the border with Lithuania
Lithuania
and its only port Klaipėda
Klaipėda
and to Palanga International Airport. The city also hosts Liepāja
Liepāja
International Airport, one of three international airports in Latvia; it is located outside the city limits, north of the Lake of Liepāja
Liepāja
near Cimdenieki. The airport is serviced by charter flights and an Air Baltic connection to Riga
Riga
International Airport. Communications[edit] Communication systems in Liepāja
Liepāja
are well-developed. The city is connected to the global Internet by three optical lines owned by Lattelecom, TeliaSonera International Carrier[25] and Latvenergo and a radio relay line owned by LVRTC. There are four Lattelecom
Lattelecom
telephone exchanges and the LVRTC TV station and tower, which transmits four national TV channels, two local TV channels — "TV Dzintare" and "TV Kurzeme" and six radio stations. It has two local cable TV operators with a total number of subscribers about 15000 and three local ISPs. The city also has its own amateur radio community[26] and a citywide wireless video monitoring system. As of 2010[update], digital terrestrial television is fully operational; mobile television and broadband wireless networks are ready for implementation. All four Latvian mobile operators have stable zones of coverage ( GSM
GSM
900/1800, UMTS, 2100 CDMA450) and client service centers in Liepāja. The city also has fourteen post offices as well as DHL, UPS and DPD depots. Economy[edit]

Men fish alongside the Tirdzniecības Kanāls (Trade Canal)

In the second half of the 20th century under Soviet rule Liepāja became an industrial city and numerous high technology plants were founded, including:

Mashzavod (Russian: Машзавод, Лиепайский машиностроительный завод) Liepajselmash (Russian: Лиепайсельмаш) – 1954 (now Hidrolats) Sarkanais Metalurgs (now Liepājas Metalurgs) SRZ-29 (Russian: СРЗ-29, 29-й судоремонтный завод) (now Tosmares kuģu būvētava) LBORF (Russian: ЛБОРФ, Лиепайская база Океанрыбфлота) – 1964 Bolshevik (Russian: Рыболовецкий колхоз "Большевик") – 1949 (now Kursa) Perambulator factory "Liepāja" (Russian: Колясочная фабрика "Лиепая") Mixed fodder plant (Russian: Лиепайский комбикормовый завод) Sugar plant (Russian: Лиепайская сахарная фабрика) Match factory "Baltija" (Russian: Лиепайская спичечная фабрика "Балтия") – 1957 Ferro-concrete constructions plant (Russian: Лиепайский 5-й завод железобетонных конструкций) – 1959 Oil extraction plant (Russian: Mаслоэкстракционный завод) SU-426 of BMGS (Russian: СУ-426 треста Балтморгидрострой) (now BMGS) Lauma (Russian: Лиепайский галантерейный комбинат Лаума) – 1972 Linoleum plant Shoes factory

After collapse of USSR's centrally planned economy, only some of these plants continue to operate. Within Latvia
Latvia
Liepāja
Liepāja
is well known mostly by coffee brand Liepājas kafija,[27] beer Līvu alus and sugar Liepājas cukurs. In 1997 the Liepaja
Liepaja
Special
Special
Economic Zone was established for 20 years providing a low tax environment in order to attract foreign investments and facilitate the economic development of Liepāja, but investment growth remained slow due to a shortage of skilled labor force. The main industries in Liepāja
Liepāja
are the steel producer Liepājas Metalurgs, building firm UPB and the underwear brand Lauma.[28] The economy of Liepāja
Liepāja
relies heavily on its port which accepts a wide range of cargo. The most notable companies working in Liepaja's port are Baltic Transshipment Center, Liepajas Osta LM, Laskana, Astramar and Terrabalt. After joining European Union
European Union
in 2004, most Liepāja companies was faced with strict European rules and terse competition and was forced to stop production or to sell enterprises to European companies. In 2007 Liepājas cukurfabrika and Liepājas sērkociņi closed down; Līvu alus, Liepājas maiznieks and Lauma have been sold to European investors. Infrastructure[edit] Roads and bridges[edit]

Komunālā pārvalde

Electricity distribution and generation[edit]

Latvenergo Veja parks

Gas[edit]

Latvijas Gaze

Sewer and water[edit]

Liepājas Udens

Heating[edit]

Liepājas Enerģija

Waste management[edit]

Liepājas RAS

Society and culture[edit] Literature, theater and films[edit] Liepāja
Liepāja
currently has one cinema, one theater ("Liepājas teatris"),[29] one puppet theater, and two regional newspapers ("Kurzemes Vārds" with a circulation of about 10,000 and "Kursas Laiks" with a circulation of about 6,500). The city also has several regional Internet portals. Web forums, blogs, computer games and social networking sites are very popular among young people. Music[edit]

Planned Liepāja
Liepāja
Concert Hall "Lielais Dzintars"

Liepāja
Liepāja
is often called the capital of Latvian rock music. Many famous composers and bands have been inspired by Liepāja, including Līvi, Credo, 2xBBM and Tumsa. In the center of Liepāja
Liepāja
there was 1st Latvian Rock Café (now bankrupt) and Latvian Musician's Walk of Fame. The oldest in Latvia
Latvia
pop music festival Liepājas Dzintars was held in Liepāja
Liepāja
from 1964 to 2006 presenting bands from Baltic states
Baltic states
as well as internationally famous guests. Since 2011 the city is a place of the LMT Summer Sound, the annual music festival with a stages raised directly on the beach. It draws thousands of fans each year. Liepāja is also a place of Organ Music festival and Piano Stars festival, being organized by one of the country's two State Orchestras, Liepāja Symphony Orchestra.[30] There is also Wind Orchestra Liepāja
Liepāja
which was founded by Youth centrum and musical school of Emilis Melngailis. This orchestra also made a new tradition, it made international festival called Wind Rhythms which is widely known in between of eastern European wind orchestras. Sport[edit]

Liepāja's Olympic Centre

In 1998 an ice hall was built in the city which has since hosted regular ice hockey games including two youth World championship games. HK Liepāja
HK Liepāja
became champions of Latvian Hockey Higher League
Latvian Hockey Higher League
in 2015–16 season. In Liepāja
Liepāja
is also located Daugava Stadium and Olimpija Stadium – the home stadiums of FK Liepāja
FK Liepāja
and tennis courts. On 2 August 2008 a new multipurpose sports arena – Liepāja
Liepāja
Olympic Centre was officially opened. It has been established as one of the most modern multipurpose sports and cultural complexes in Latvia. 18 000 m2 large area Liepāja
Liepāja
Olympic center five floors located in a wide range of functions gyms for basketball, volleyball, floorball, table tennis, boxing, judo, Greco-Roman and free-fighting, as well as space for concerts, conferences, seminars, performances, banquets, contests, dances, meetings and celebrations. Liepāja
Liepāja
Olympic center pool and SPA zone is the largest and most modern swimming pool and SPA center in Kurzeme district with a relaxation zone, water massage, bubble baths, three types of saunas, a water attraction zone for children and two swimming pools. Gross floor area of the building is 3200 m2 on three levels: the 1st floor includes entrance hall, reception, cloakroom, beauty salon. On the second floor you will find changing rooms and massage rooms, but the swimming pools and SPA zone are located on the 3rd floor. Liepāja
Liepāja
is home to the BK Liepājas Lauvas, a professional basketball team.[31][32] The city is also a place of international Rally Kurzeme and a chess tournament Liepājas Rokāde. Tourism and entertainment[edit] Liepāja
Liepāja
encourages tourism. The main attraction is the pristine Blue Flag beach with white sand and rolling dunes, but the city also offers a number of historical sites, including Protestant and Orthodox churches and the ruins of military fortifications from the times of the Russian Empire. A surprisingly well-preserved wooden hut was the residence of Russian tsar Peter the Great for some time while he was touring the region in 1697 during the Grand Embassy. Nightclubs[edit]

Old Viking Big7 Fontaine Palace Red Sun Buffet Beach Club Pilsētas vārti Mini7

in Summer Red Sun Buffet Beach Club Demographics[edit] With 85,345 inhabitants in 2007, Liepāja
Liepāja
is the third-largest city in Latvia. Its population has declined since the withdrawal of Soviet military forces; the last of which left in 1994. In addition, many ethnic Russians, emigrated to Russia
Russia
in 1991–2000. More recent causes include economic migration to western European countries after Latvia
Latvia
joined the EU in 2004, and lower birth rates. According to the 2017 census, ethnic Latvians make up 55.5% of the population of Liepāja
Liepāja
(in comparison, the proportion of native Latvians nationwide is 62.1%). Ethnic Russians make up 30.3% of the population.[33]

Year 1638 1800 1840 1881 1897 1907[34] 1914 1921 1940 1950 1959[5] 1970 1975[35] 1989 1995 2000 2007 2011[36] 2017 [37]

Th. people 1.0 4.5 11.0 29.6 64.5 81.0 94.0 51.6 52.9 64.2 71.0 92.9 100.0 114.5 100.3 89.1 85.3 83.4 69.4

Religion[edit] See also: Roman Catholic Diocese of Liepāja Liepāja
Liepāja
has a number of churches. As elsewhere in central and western Latvia, Protestant churches, mostly Lutheran
Lutheran
are predominant. Holy Trinity Cathedral houses the seat of the Lutheran
Lutheran
Bishop of Liepāja. Other Lutheran
Lutheran
congregations are St. Anne, Church of the Cross and Church of Luther. There are four Baptist
Baptist
congregations in the city, among them are St. Paul
St. Paul
church and Church of Zion. Owing to the regional importance of Liepāja
Liepāja
during the last decades of the Russian Empire, a number of Russian Orthodox churches were established in the city early in the twentieth century. Their congregations are chiefly drawn from the Russian-speaking population. The Catholic faith is represented in Liepāja
Liepāja
by a St. Joseph Cathedral - seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Liepāja, Catholic primary school and the Catholic centre. The structure of the Catholic centre was used to represent the Vatican in Expo 2000
Expo 2000
in Hanover
Hanover
and was transferred to Liepāja
Liepāja
after the event. Other Christian sects include Old Ritualists, Adventist, Pentecostal, Latter-day Saints and Jehovah's Witnesses, who have single congregations and churches. Government[edit] See also: Liepāja
Liepāja
City
City
Council Fourteen deputies and a mayor make up the Liepāja
Liepāja
City
City
Council. City's voters select a new government every four years, in June. The Council selects from its members the Chairman of City
City
Council (also called City
City
Mayor), the two Vice chairmans (Deputy Mayors) which are full-time positions. City
City
Council also appoints the members of four standing committees, which prepare issues to be discussed in the Council meetings: Finance Committee; City
City
Economy and Development Committee; Social Affairs, Health Care, Education and Public Order Committee; Culture and Sports Committee. The City
City
of Liepāja
Liepāja
had an operating budget of LVL 31 millions in 2006, more than half of which comes from income tax. Traditionally, political leanings in Liepāja have been right-wing, although only about 70% of the population have voting rights. In recent years the Liepāja Party has dominated the polls. The party has an agreement with the Union of Greens and Farmers, the leading party in the Kučinskis cabinet. Former city mayors[edit]

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Johanns Ruprehts (German: Johann Ruprecht) (about 1631–1638) – the first city burgomaster[38]

Russian Empire[edit]

Kārlis Gotlībs Sigismunds Ūlihs (1878–1880) – the first publicly elected city mayor Ādolfs fon Bagehūfilds (1882–1886) Hermanis Adolfi (1886–1902) Kristiāns Cinks (1902–1906) and (1908–1910) Viljams Dreiersdorfs (1906–1908) Alberts Volgemuts (1910–1914) Teodors Breikšs (1914–1915) Andrējs Bērziņš (1918–1919)

Independent Latvia
Latvia
(1918–1940)[edit]

Ansis Buševics (19.01.1919–17 February 1921) Jēkabs Cincelis (02.1921–08.1921) Jānis Baumanis ( Liepāja
Liepāja
mayor) (29.08.1921–27 February 1922) Ēvalds Rimbenieks (1922–1928) and (1934–1940) Leo Lapa (1928–1934)[39]

Soviet Union[edit]

Biļēvičs (1940–1941) Miķelis Būka (1941) First Secretary Matīss Edžiņš (10.05.1945–05.10.1945) Rodions Ansons (05.10.1945–21 April 1950) Pēteris Ezeriņš (27.12.1950–18 June 1953) Voldemārs Lejiņš (1953–1956) Yuri Ruben (1960–1963) First Secretary Ž. Revenieks (1963–1966) First Secretary Kārlis Strautiņs (09.11.1965–09.1.1971) Janis Vagris (1967–1973) First Secretary Egils Ozols (19.03.1971–29 June 1977) Jānis Liepiņš (29.06.1977–07.03.1985) Alfrēds Drozda (1985–1990)

Independent Latvia
Latvia
(1990–present)[edit]

Imants Vismins (1990–1994) Teodors Eniņš (1994–1997) Uldis Sesks
Uldis Sesks
(1997–present)

Education and science[edit] Liepāja
Liepāja
has wide educational resources and long traditions of Soviet education. Most well-educated young people leave the city because of low wages and a lack of high-technology and prosperous firms. The city has 21 kindergartens, 8 Latvian schools, 5 Russian schools, 1 school with mixed language of education, 1 evening school, 2 music schools and two internat schools. Interest education for children and youth is available in 8 municipal institutions: Children and Youth Centre, Youth Centre, Centre for Young Technicians, Art and Creation Centre "Vaduguns", Complex Sport School, Gymnastics School, Tennis Sports School, Sports School "Daugava" (football, track-and-field athletics) and Basketball Sports School. Higher and professional education in Liepāja
Liepāja
represented by:

University of Liepāja Riga
Riga
Technical University Liepāja
Liepāja
branch Baltic Russian Institute Liepāja
Liepāja
branch School of Business Administration Turiba
School of Business Administration Turiba
Liepāja
Liepāja
branch Riga
Riga
Teacher Training and Educational Management Academy Liepāja branch Liepāja
Liepāja
Applied Art School Liepāja
Liepāja
Marine College Liepaja
Liepaja
Medical College Liepāja
Liepāja
48 College Liepāja
Liepāja
31 College

Liepāja
Liepāja
Central Library has six branches and audio record library. Literature fund consists of about 460,000 copies and online catalog.[40] Average annual number of visitors – 25000.

Percent of resident population with only primary education (2001) – 14% Percent of resident population with secondary education (2001) – 40% Percent of resident population with tertiary education (2001) – 9%[41]

Representation in other media[edit]

In 1979 a part of the film Moonzund was filmed in the town.

Notable natives[edit]

Indriķis Šterns – historian Eugen Altschul – economist Teofils Biķis – Latvian pianist Aron Boyarsky – economist Aleksandra Briede – sculptor Valdemārs Baumanis - basketball coach Herberts Cukurs
Herberts Cukurs
– Latvian aviator and Nazi collaborator Eliyahu Eliezer Dessler
Eliyahu Eliezer Dessler
(1892–1953) – rabbi Reuven Dov Dessler (1863–1935) – rabbi Alexander Faltin (1819–1899) – lawyer, politician Ivo Fomins and Tomass Kleins – artists Dora Gordine
Dora Gordine
– Estonian-Jewish sculptress Morris Halle
Morris Halle
– Latvian-American Jewish linguist Leonard Herzenberg – linguist Zvi Harry Hurwitz
Zvi Harry Hurwitz
– South African journalist, Israeli diplomat and adviser to two prime ministers Jēkabs Janševskis – writer Arvids Jansons – Latvian conductor, father of the conductor Mariss Jansons Stanisław Jaśkiewicz – Polish actor Leon Josephson
Leon Josephson
(1898–1966) – American lawyer and Soviet spy Rolf Kahn – football player, father of the German goalkeeper Oliver Kahn Mirdza Ķempe
Mirdza Ķempe
– Latvian poet Talivaldis Kenins
Talivaldis Kenins
– Canadian composer Woldemar Kernig
Woldemar Kernig
– Russian and German neurologist Jacob Klein (1899–1978) – Russian-American Jewish philosopher Miroslavs Kodis – journalist, Latvian Television Konstantin Konstantinovs
Konstantin Konstantinovs
- Russian powerlifter Vinifreds Kraučis – translator John Martens (1875–1936) – architect Victor Matison – TV commentator, Rotarian[42] Yanka Maur – Belarusian writer Zenta Mauriņa
Zenta Mauriņa
(1897–1978) – Latvian writer Romans Miloslavskis
Romans Miloslavskis
– swimmer Kristaps Porziņģis
Kristaps Porziņģis
– basketball player Jānis Rinkus - footballer Arthur Sakheim (1889–1931) – writer and journalist Anastasija Sevastova
Anastasija Sevastova
– tennis player Mikhail Sheleg – Russian shanson singer Simeon Shubin – physicist Lina Stern
Lina Stern
(1878–1968) – Soviet-Jewish biochemist, physiologist, first female full member of the Soviet Academy of Sciences Eduards Tisse – Soviet cameraman Miķelis Valters – Latvian politician Janis Vanags
Janis Vanags
– Latvian Lutheran
Lutheran
archbishop Māris Verpakovskis
Māris Verpakovskis
– Latvian football striker Voldemārs Zandbergs – actor

International relations[edit] See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Latvia Twin towns – sister cities[edit] Liepāja
Liepāja
is twinned with:

Nynäshamn, Sweden
Sweden
(1990) Elbląg, Poland
Poland
(1991)[43][44] Bellevue, Washington, USA (1992)[45] Darmstadt, Germany
Germany
(1993)[46][47] Nykobing Falster, Denmark
Denmark
(1993) Homyel, Belarus
Belarus
(1999) Karlshamn, Sweden
Sweden
(1997) Klaipėda, Lithuania
Lithuania
(1997) Gdynia, Poland
Poland
(1999)[48] Rogaland
Rogaland
county, Norway
Norway
(1999) Arstad District in Bergen, Norway
Norway
(2001) Palanga, Lithuania
Lithuania
(2001) Helsingborg, Sweden
Sweden
(2005)

Gallery[edit]

Pētertirgus

St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Naval Cathedral (1901–1903), architect Vasily Kosyakov

Church of St. Anna

Liepāja
Liepāja
railway station

See also[edit] Liepaja
Liepaja
travel guide from Wikivoyage

List of companies in Liepāja List of monuments of architecture in Liepāja Ports of the Baltic Sea

Notes and references[edit]

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Municipalities:

Aglona Aizkraukle Aizpute Aknīste Aloja Alsunga Alūksne Amata Ape Auce Ādaži Babīte Baldone Baltinava Balvi Bauska Beverīna Brocēni Burtnieki Carnikava Cēsis Cesvaine Cibla Dagda Daugavpils Dobele Dundaga Durbe Engure Ērgļi Garkalne Grobiņa Gulbene Iecava Ikšķile Inčukalns Ilūkste Jaunjelgava Jaunpiebalga Jaunpils Jēkabpils Jelgava Kandava Kārsava Kocēni Koknese Krāslava Krimulda Krustpils Kuldīga Ķegums Ķekava Lielvārde Līgatne Limbaži Līvāni Lubāna Ludza Madona Mālpils Mārupe Mazsalaca Mērsrags Naukšēni Nereta Nīca Ogre Olaine Ozolnieki Pārgauja Pāvilosta Pļaviņas Preiļi Priekule Priekuļi Rauna Rēzekne Riebiņi Roja Ropaži Rucava Rugāji Rundāle Rūjiena Salacgrīva Sala Salaspils Saldus Saulkrasti Sēja Sigulda Skrīveri Skrunda Smiltene Stopiņi Strenči Talsi Tērvete Tukums Vaiņode Valka Varakļāni Vārkava Vecpiebalga Vecumnieki Ventspils Viesīte Viļaka Viļāni Zilupe

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Cities and municipalities in Kurzeme Region

Cities:

Liepāja Ventspils

Municipalities:

Aizpute Alsunga Brocēni Dundaga Durbe Grobiņa Kuldīga Mērsrags Nīca Pāvilosta Priekule Roja Rucava Saldus Skrunda Talsi Vaiņode Ventspils

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