Preiļi

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Preiļi
Town
Daugavpils street in Preiļi
Daugavpils street in Preiļi
Coat of arms of Preiļi
Coat of arms
Preiļi is located in Latvia
Preiļi
Preiļi
Location in Latvia
Coordinates: 56°18′N 26°43′E / 56.300°N 26.717°E / 56.300; 26.717Coordinates: 56°18′N 26°43′E / 56.300°N 26.717°E / 56.300; 26.717
Country  Latvia
District Preiļi municipality
Town rights 1928
Government
 • Mayor Aldis Adamovičs
Area
 • Total 5.1 km2 (2.0 sq mi)
Population
 • Total 8,605
 • Density 1,687/km2 (4,370/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code LV-5301
Calling code +371 653
Number of city council members 11

Preiļi (About this sound pronunciation ) is a town in Latvia. It is also the administrative center of Preiļi municipality.

History[edit]

Preiļi is one of the oldest settlements in Latvia.[1] It was first mentioned in written sources in 1250. By 1897 Preiļi had a population of 2104. Preiļi has had city rights since 1928. By 1935 there were 1662 people living in Preiļi of whom 50.97% were Jews. After World War II there were less than 1000 people living in Preiļi. During the Soviet era many workers from Russia and Belarus started working in Preiļi and the population reached a peak of 9421 in 1989.

Mortuary of von Borch family in city park
Ruins of Preiļi Palace

People[edit]

Demographics of Preiļi
Latvians
  
54.4%
Russians
  
39.6%
Poles
  
1.9%
Belarusians
  
1.5%
Roma
  
1.2%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Preiļu novads > Vēsture

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Preiļi at Wikimedia Commons