Valmiera

city in Latvia

Valmiera (About this soundpronunciation ; 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.

Valmiera
City
Ice fishing on the Gauja River in Valmiera
Ice fishing on the Gauja River in Valmiera
Flag of Valmiera
Flag
Coat of arms of Valmiera
Coat of arms
Country Latvia
DistrictValmiera District
Town rights1323
Government
 • MayorInesis Boķis
Area
 • Total18.18 km2 (7.02 sq mi)
Population
 • 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.

International relationsEdit

Twin towns — sister citiesEdit

Valmiera is twinned with: