Venta (river)

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This article is about the river. For the city in Lithuania, see Venta.
Venta
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The Venta river in Lithuania
Origin near Kuršėnai, Lithuania
Mouth Baltic Sea at Ventspils, Latvia.
Basin countries Latvia (67%), Lithuania (33%)
Length 346 km (178 km in Latvia)
Avg. discharge 44 m³/s
Basin area 11,800 km²

The Venta (Latvian pronunciation [ˈvænta], Lithuanian [venˈta] ( ), German: Windau, Polish: Windawa, Livonian Vǟnta joug) is a river in north-western Lithuania and western Latvia. Its source is near Kuršėnai in the Lithuanian Šiauliai County. It flows into the Baltic Sea at Ventspils in Latvia.

Mouth of Venta in Ventspils

Towns along the Venta include Mažeikiai (Lithuania), Kuldīga and Ventspils (Latvia). It has only one tributary longer than 100 km, the Abava. The tributary Virvyčia is 99.7 km long. Another tributary Varduva is 96 km long and flows into Venta at the Lithuanian-Latvian border.

Smaller tributaries include the Avižlys, which runs for 20 kilometers and flows into the Venta River[1] at Akmenė district municipality, Šiauliai County, northern Lithuania.

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Coordinates: 57°23′44″N 21°32′40″E / 57.39556°N 21.54444°E / 57.39556; 21.54444