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This article is about the existing town. For the ghost town, see Skrunda-1.
Flag of Skrunda
Coat of arms of Skrunda
Coat of arms
Skrunda is located in Latvia
Location in Latvia
Coordinates: 56°40′N 22°0′E / 56.667°N 22.000°E / 56.667; 22.000Coordinates: 56°40′N 22°0′E / 56.667°N 22.000°E / 56.667; 22.000
Country  Latvia
District Kuldīga District
Town rights 1996
 • Mayor Loreta Robežniece
 • Total 7.912 km2 (3.055 sq mi)
 • Rural territory 257.908 km2 (99.579 sq mi)
Elevation 50 m (160 ft)
 • Total 2,637
 • Density 333/km2 (860/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code LV-3326
Calling code +371 633
Number of city council members 9

Skrunda (About this sound pronunciation ; German: Schrunden) is a town in Latvia. It lies 150 km (95 mi) west of the capital city Riga in Skrunda Municipality.


Skrunda is best known as the town nearest the former Soviet secret city, Skrunda-1, which housed two major radar installations during the Cold War period. One radar was demolished in 1995. Pursuant to an agreement between the Republic of Latvia and the Russian Federation, the other radar suspended operations on August 31, 1998. In October 1999, after several months of dismantling, the dismantled installations were repatriated to Russia and the last Russian troops and families vacated the area.

Skrunda-1 is currently a ghost town, as the last remaining residents abandoned the town in 1999. The Soviet Union, when building secret installations, usually left the name of the settlement off the map and referred to them literally by the name of the nearest town, plus a number (usually a 1).

In February 2010 the town was sold to an Russian investor for 1.6 million Latvian lats ($3.1 million); after that bidder (and a runner-up) backed out, the property was auctioned on June 4, 2010 to Iniciative Europa for 170,000 Latvian lats ($333,000).[1] As of 2012, the property remains abandoned with a lone guard blocking the main entrance to keep tourists away[2] until they were allowed to walk-in for a €4 ticket in 2016[3]

No word yet on what the winning bidder will do with 45 hectare (110 acre) property that is located in western Latvia about 150 km (95 mi) from Riga.

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