Viesīte

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Viesīte
Town
Viesīte.jpg
Coat of arms of Viesīte
Coat of arms
Viesīte is located in Latvia
Viesīte
Viesīte
Location in Latvia
Coordinates: 56°21′N 25°33′E / 56.350°N 25.550°E / 56.350; 25.550Coordinates: 56°21′N 25°33′E / 56.350°N 25.550°E / 56.350; 25.550
Country  Latvia
District Jēkabpils District
Town rights 1928
Government
 • Mayor Jānis Dimitrijevs
Area
 • Total 2.3 km2 (0.9 sq mi)
 • Rural territory 311.1 km2 (120.1 sq mi)
Elevation 110 m (360 ft)
Population
 • Total 2,950
 • Density 1,282.6/km2 (3,322/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Calling code +371 652
Number of city council members 9

Viesīte (German: Eckengraf) is a town in the western part of Jēkabpils County, Latvia.

Viesīte is a typical Selonia town located in the hills in the centre of the district. Selonia is the cultural and historical district, bordering on Latgale, Zemgale (Semigalia), Vidzeme and Lithuania.

Viesīte town (previously called Eckengraf, Eķengrāve, Azu village) is situated on the crossroads of important trunk roads: Jēkabpils-Nereta, Akniste-Riga. The distance to Jēkabpils is 32 km, to Riga 130 km, and to the Lithuanian border 31 km.

The coat of Arms of Viesīte town depicts five golden acorns on a purple background, symbolising power. On the flag of Viesīte are the colours of Selonia district flag - green, white and red - with the coat of arms of Viesīte in the middle of it.

Viesīte Town and Rural territory Council consists of 9 deputies. The Council Chairman is Janis Dimitrijevs. There are four permanent committees working in the municipality:

  • Finance committee,
  • Social, educational and culture affairs committee,
  • Territorial development and business facilitation committee,
  • Agriculture and land affairs committee.

The council deputies together with municipality people have organised several committees for problem solving and implementation of separate functions of the Council.

The most interesting objects in Viesite are: the little engine, ViesIte Culture Castle, Memorial room and places of Professor Pauls Stradins, memorial room of writer Anna Brodele, Viesīte Brīvibas (Freedom) Church, Viesīte museum of local history "Selonia".

See also[edit]

List of cities in Latvia