Mežciems, Riga

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Mežciems
Neighborhood of Riga
Location in Riga
Location in Riga
Country  Latvia
City Riga
District Vidzeme Suburb, Riga
Area
 • Total 7,667 km2 (2,960 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Total 15 884
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Mežciems is a neighbourhood of Riga, Latvia. It is located in the eastern part of the city. The name is literally translated from Latvian as 'forest village'. Mežciems is encircled by Šmerlis and Jugla forests. In the northern part of the neighbourhood there is Gaiļezers lake. In its beginnings Mežciems was part of Dreiliņi county characterized by Single-family houses. The northern part of Mežciems was included in Riga in 1934. The southern part of Mežciems was built in the 1970s, when several apartment buildings were constructed, and included in city in 1974.