Kuldīga District

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Kuldīga
District
Latvia-Kuldiga.png
Country Latvia
Area
 • Total 2,499.87 km2 (965.21 sq mi)
Population
 • Total 37,119
 • Density 15/km2 (38/sq mi)
Website 85.15.239.241

Kuldīga District (Latvian: Kuldīgas rajons) was an administrative division of Latvia, located in Courland region, in the country's west. It was organized into a city and thirteen parishes, each with a local government authority.[1] The main city in the district was Kuldīga.

The district was located in the western part of Latvia on both sides of the Venta River. It had borders with 5 other former districts: Ventspils, Talsi, Tukums, Saldus and Liepāja. The borders of the district that it had when it was dissolved were established in 1950.

Districts were eliminated during the administrative-territorial reform in 2009.

The district occupied an area of 2,499.87 km², has a population of 37,119 — 13,335 in the main town of Kuldīga.

Economy[edit]

Railroads in Kuldīga district connect Riga to Liepāja and Liepāja to Ventspils, the latter being closed for public traffic. Also, one of the main roads in Latvia — route A9 from Riga to Liepāja goes through the territory. The main industries are agriculture, wood processing, forestry, and fish farming.

Terrain[edit]

The Piejuras Plains lie in the north-western part of the district. In the middle of the district are the Rietumkurzemes Heights with hills that are 100–120 m above sea level, the highest point being Vardupe Kalns with a peak at 140 m. In the northeast side of the district are the Austrumkurzemes Heights at 60–110 m above sea level. Hilly relief covers 35% of the district territory. There are more than 40 rivers longer than 5 km, and 48 lakes bigger than 1 km². The largest rivers are the Venta River and the Abava River. Forests cover about 48% of the district territory.

The average temperature in January is about -3 °C, in July +16.8 °C. The amount of precipitation is 600–700 mm per year.

Cities and parishes of the Kuldīga District[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "KULDĪGAS NOVADA IZVEIDES PROJEKTS" (in Latvian). kuldiga.lv. Retrieved 3 March 2008. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 56°58′07″N 21°58′18″E / 56.96861°N 21.97167°E / 56.96861; 21.97167