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Latvia Cities by Population


86 cities shown of 86 total Latvia cities that are over 1,000 in population...

1. Riga 742,572
2. Daugavpils 111,564
3. Vec-Liepaja 85,260
4. Liepaja 85,132
5. Jelgava 61,791
6. Jurmala 54,088
7. Ventspils 42,644
8. Rezekne 38,340
9. Jekabpils 27,078
10. Valmiera 26,963
11. Ogre 25,818
12. Tukums 18,348
13. Cesis 18,198
14. Salaspils 17,606
15. Bolderaja 14,771
16. Kuldiga 13,289
17. Olaine 12,584
18. Saldus 12,224
19. Talsi 12,022
20. Dobele 11,225
21. Kraslava 11,088
22. Bauska 10,532
23. Ludza 10,514
24. Sigulda 10,422
25. Livani 10,073
26. Daugavgriva 9,952
27. Gulbene 9,355
28. Madona 9,280
29. Limbazi 8,974
30. Aizkraukle 8,840
31. Preili 8,656
32. Balvi 8,409
33. Valka 6,589
34. Smiltene 6,108
35. Aizpute 5,634
36. Lielvarde 5,114
37. Kekava 4,600
38. Vecumnieki 4,500
39. Grobina 4,203
40. Vangazi 4,020
41. Iecava 4,000
42. Vilani 3,934
43. Balozi 3,854
44. Plavinas 3,848
45. Rujiena 3,638
46. Kandava 3,592
47. Broceni 3,486
48. Salacgriva 3,427
49. Ozolnieki 3,400
50. Ikskile 3,368
51. Saulkrasti 3,184
52. Auce 3,125
53. Ilukste 2,898
54. Ulbroka 2,800
55. Dagda 2,740
56. Jaunciems 2,684
57. Skrunda 2,659
58. Karsava 2,645
59. Priekule 2,550
60. Kegums 2,372
61. Aluksne 2,264
62. Jumprava 2,177
63. Viesite 2,162
64. Tireli 2,103
65. Baldone 2,025
66. Stende 1,955
67. Jaunjelgava 1,938
68. Lubana 1,918
69. Zilupe 1,897
70. Mersrags 1,860
71. Cesvaine 1,811
72. Roja 1,800
73. Seda 1,778
74. Mazsalaca 1,701
75. Engure 1,600
76. Strenci 1,593
77. Sabile 1,580
78. Ape 1,521
79. Aloja 1,509
80. Valdemarpils 1,447
81. Ligatne 1,433
82. Akniste 1,314
83. Ainazi 1,278
84. Staicele 1,175
85. Pavilosta 1,171
86. Piltene 1,103





Latvia History

The territory of Latvia has been populated since 9000 BC, with the proto-Baltic ancestors of the Latvian people settling on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea around the beginning of the third millennium BC. By 900 AD, four Baltic tribal cultures had developed: Couronians, Latgallians, Selonians, Semigallians, as well as the Livonians speaking a Finno-Ugric language.

Christian missionaries arrived in 1180. As the Balts did not readily convert and strongly opposed the christening, German crusaders were sent into Latvia to convert the pagan population. By 1211, Christianity had effective control with the foundation stone for the Dome Cathedral in Riga laid.

In the 1200s, a confederation of feudal nations called Livonia developed under German rule. Livonia included today's Latvia and Southern Estonia. In 1282, Riga and later the cities of Csis, Limbai, Koknese and Valmiera were included in the Hanseatic League. From this time, Riga became an important point in west-east trading. Riga, being the centre of the eastern Baltic region, formed close cultural contacts with Western Europe.







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