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Saldus, Latvia
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Saldus, Latvia is located in Latvia
Saldus, Latvia
Saldus, Latvia
Location in Latvia
Coordinates: 56°40′N 22°30′E / 56.667°N 22.500°E / 56.667; 22.500Coordinates: 56°40′N 22°30′E / 56.667°N 22.500°E / 56.667; 22.500
Country Latvia
DistrictSaldus District
Town rights1917
 • MayorMāris Zusts
 • Total10.1 km2 (3.9 sq mi)
 • Total12,224
 • Density1,251/km2 (3,240/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
Calling code+371 638
Number of city council members11

Saldus (About this soundpronunciation ; German: Frauenburg) is a Latvian town located in Courland (Latvian: Kurzeme) and is the main town in Saldus District. In 2016 the town had a population of 11,479.


1856 is considered the year Saldus was founded, when the board of Domens' decided to establish a trade center. Although there was an active economy by the end of the 19th century, and Saldus was the cultural center of the region, it was not officially recognized as a town until 1917.

One of the oldest buildings in the town is Saldus St.John's church. Documents from 1461 mention a wooden church. It has been reconstructed several times. The tower, bombed in 1944, was rebuilt in 1981–1982.


Saldus has developed itself as an important cultural, educational, business and trade center. There are about 500 approved companies operating in Saldus, with main branches in building construction, wood processing and food processing.

These days Saldus also boasts a very active cultural life, featuring local musicians, poets, painters and artists.


Since 1946 Saldus has been home to the Saldus School of Music. In 1984 Saldus Art School was founded.

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