Aizkraukle

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Aizkraukle
Town
Aizkraukle road.jpg
Flag of Aizkraukle
Flag
Coat of arms of Aizkraukle
Coat of arms
Aizkraukle is located in Latvia
Aizkraukle
Aizkraukle
Location in Latvia
Coordinates: 56°36′15″N 25°15′14″E / 56.60417°N 25.25389°E / 56.60417; 25.25389Coordinates: 56°36′15″N 25°15′14″E / 56.60417°N 25.25389°E / 56.60417; 25.25389
Country  Latvia
District Aizkraukle District
Town rights 1967
Area
 • Total 11.83 km2 (4.57 sq mi)
Population
 • Total 8,606
 • Density 727/km2 (1,880/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code LV-510(1-3)
Calling code +371 651

Aizkraukle (German: Ascheraden) is a town in Vidzeme region in Latvia, the administrative centre of Aizkraukle municipality on the right bank of the Daugava River.

History[edit]

Aizkraukle before World War I was formerly known by its German name of Ascheraden. The ancient hillfort of Livs was used by the German knights for the building of Aizkraukle Castle in the Middle Ages, of which some ruins still remain.

The present town of Aizkraukle was built in the 1960s as a village for the builders of the nearby hydroelectric power plant of Pļaviņas. It became a town and the centre of the later Aizkraukle District in 1967. It was initially named Stučka (after a Latvian communist) during the Soviet era. In 1991 it was renamed Aizkraukle, the historical local name.

General industries in the area are: power generation, woodworking, printing and agriculture.

In 2004 Aizkraukle was awarded "The tidiest town in Latvia 2004" in its size group.

See also[edit]

List of cities in Latvia