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
District Riga District
Town rights 1967
Government
 • Mayor Andris Bergs (LSDSP)
Area
 • Total 6.824 km2 (2.635 sq mi)
Population
 • Total 12 719
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code LV-2114
Calling code +371 67
Number of city council members 11

Olaine (About this sound pronunciation ; German: Olai) is a city in Latvia that gained town rights in 1967.The historic name gave the Saint Olai Church, which was built in Swedish times of the 17th century by the Misa River. Now there is still an old cemetery here. After 1868 years has built by rail Riga-Jelgava (old Mittava) station "Olai". This name has changed to "Olaine" ,when Letland come to independent State with other place german names in 1919. The history of Olaine is closely connected to a nearby peat bog that was 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 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 pharmaceuticals company in Latvia.

Fellowship towns[edit]

Through the years Olaine has gained several fellowship towns ("Sister cities) for collaboration in social, educational and cultural matters:

Notable people[edit]

Laura Luse -. Voted most beautiful girl in Japan 2016

Literature[edit]

Vilīte, Valda: Olaines pagasts (2008)

See also[edit]