Olaine

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Olaine
City
Flag of Olaine
Flag
Coat of arms of Olaine
Coat of arms
Olaine is located in Latvia
Olaine
Olaine
Location in Latvia
Coordinates: 56°47′N 23°56′E / 56.783°N 23.933°E / 56.783; 23.933Coordinates: 56°47′N 23°56′E / 56.783°N 23.933°E / 56.783; 23.933
Country Latvia
DistrictOlaine Municipality
Town rights1967
Government
 • MayorAndris Bergs (LSDSP)
Area
 • Total6.824 km2 (2.635 sq mi)
Population
 • Total12 719
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
LV-2114
Calling code+371 67
Number of city council members11

Olaine (About this soundpronunciation ; German: Olai) is a city in Latvia that gained town rights in 1967. The name comes from the Saint Olai Church, built by the Misa river under Swedish rule in the 17th century. An old cemetery remains at this site. After 1868, a railway stop "Olai" was built on the Riga-Mitau line. After Latvian independence, in 1919 "Olai" was renamed to "Olaine", in line with the Latvianisation of topological names all over Latvia.

The history of Olaine is closely connected to a nearby peat bog first taken into use in 1940. Thereafter, more production facilities were built, the increasing numbers of workers needed accommodation and the first dwellings were built in what is currently known as Olaine. Previously, Olaine was the name of a village just two kilometers away. This village now has the name of Jaunolaine (New Olaine).

Olaine is home of Olainfarm, the second largest pharmaceutical company in Latvia.

Twin towns — sister cities[edit]

Olaine is twinned with:[1]

Notable people[edit]

Literature[edit]

  • Vilīte, Valda: Olaines pagasts (2008)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Olaines novada – Attīstības programma 2014. – 2020. gadam" (PDF). olaine.lv (in Latvian). Olaine. p. 63. Retrieved 2019-08-31.