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Vecāķi (Latvian pronunciation: [ˈvætsaːci]) is a Northern District neighbourhood in Riga, the capital of Latvia. It is one of Riga's neighborhoods lying on the shores of Gulf of Riga, Baltic Sea. Westward Vecāķi is bordered by Vecdaugava – a partial oxbow lake (a dead-end fork of River Daugava that hasn't been cut off from it completely.) Thus Vecāķi offers both freshwater and brackish water bathing places, with the former having a higher water temperature come summer due to the smaller volume of Vecdaugava.[1]


The name may be a compound of vecs and āķis pluralized to mean "Old Hooks." Vecs being a native Baltic word and āķis ultimately a borrowing from either Middle Low German hake or Middle Dutch haeck.[2]

Dzintra Hirša notes that connecting the name with fishing hooks is a folk etymology and that the name is derived from an alternate sense of āķis from a similar alternative sense of its ultimate source – the Low German hake – "cape; shoal, sandbank."[3]


  1. ^ "Ūdens temperatūra jūrā pie Rīgas +18 grādu, upēs - līdz +24 grādiem" (in Latvian). Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ Karulis, Konstantīns (1992). Latviešu etimoloģijas vārdnīca. Rīga: Avots. ISBN 5401004117. 
  3. ^ Dzintra Hirša, Lībieši un lībiešu izcelsmes vietvārdi Latvijā in Kersti Boiko's Lībieši – rakstu krājums, page 215

Coordinates: 57°04′N 24°06′E / 57.067°N 24.100°E / 57.067; 24.100