city in northern Latvia

Valmiera (audio speaker iconpronunciation ; German: Wolmar) is a town in Latvia with town rights since 1323, it is the largest city of the historical Vidzeme region, Latvia, with a total area of 18.1 km2 (7.0 sq mi). It is the center of the Valmiera District. As of 2002, Valmiera had a population of 27,323, and in 2008 – 27,569.

Ice fishing on the Gauja River in Valmiera
Ice fishing on the Gauja River in Valmiera
Flag of Valmiera
Coat of arms of Valmiera
Valmiera is located in Latvia
Location in Latvia
Coordinates: 57°33′N 25°24′E / 57.550°N 25.400°E / 57.550; 25.400
DistrictValmiera District
Town rights1323
 • MayorInesis Boķis
 • Total18.18 km2 (7.02 sq mi)
 • Total27,569
 • Density1,516/km2 (3,930/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
LV-4201 LV-4202 LV-4204
Calling code+371 642
Number of city council members13

It lies at the crossroads of several important roads, 100 km (62 mi) to the north-east from Riga, the capital of Latvia, and 50 km (31 mi) south of the border with Estonia. Valmiera lies on both banks of the Gauja River.

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