Skrunda

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This article is about the existing town. For the ghost town, see Skrunda-1.
Skrunda
Town
Flag of Skrunda
Flag
Coat of arms of Skrunda
Coat of arms
Skrunda is located in Latvia
Skrunda
Skrunda
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
Municipality Skrunda Municipality
Town rights 1996
Government
 • Mayor Loreta Robežniece
Area
 • Total 7.912 km2 (3.055 sq mi)
 • Rural territory 257.908 km2 (99.579 sq mi)
Elevation 50 m (160 ft)
Population
 • 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-1[edit]

There is a former Soviet secret city near the town - 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 a 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] However the property remains abandoned with a lone guard blocking the main entrance to keep tourists away.[2] The property then was purchased by Skrunda municipality for 12 000€, which in early 2016 started trading tickets for €4 to visit the ghost town,[3] however failing to generate interest from investors the municipality gave tenure of the property to the Ministry of Defense, which will use it for military exercises.[4]

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