Administrative divisions of Latvia

The current administrative division of Latvia has existed since 1 July 2009. According to the Administrative territorial reform of Latvia, Latvia changed its administrative divisions from two-tier municipalities (the districts were the first-level municipalities, while towns (cities), towns' rural territories and parishes were the second-level municipalities) to unitary municipalities - districts were abolished, while towns/cities (Latvian: pilsētas, plural), and towns' rural territories (Latvian: pilsētu lauku teritorijas, plural) and parishes (Latvian: pagasti, plural) were merged into 110 municipalities (Latvian: novadi, plural), while nine larger cities were designated republic cities (Latvian: republikas pilsētas, plural)[1] with their own city council and administration.[2][3]

Most municipalities were subdivided into territorial units (novada teritoriālās vienības) known as municipal parishes (novada pagasti) and municipal towns (novada pilsētas),[4] but several municipalities had no subdivisions.

On 10 June 2020, the Saeima approved a municipal reform that would reduce the 110 municipalities and nine republic cities to 42 local government units consisting of 35 municipalities (novadi) and seven state cities (valstspilsētas, plural).[5][6] On 1 June 2021, the Constitutional Court of Latvia ruled that the annexation of Varakļāni Municipality to Rēzekne Municipality was unconstitutional. In response, the Saeima decided to preserve the existence of Varakļāni Municipality as a 43rd local government unit.[7]

State cities with independent governments as of 2021Edit

State cities and municipalities of Latvia as of 1 July 2021

The 2020 law on administrative territories and populated areas designated Ogre and the previous nine republic cities as state cities. It also provided for the promotion of Iecava and Koknese to state city status on 1 July 2021. However, under the same law, only the seven state cities listed in the following table will have local governments which are independent of any municipality. The state cities of Jēkabpils and Valmiera will become part of Jēkabpils Municipality and Valmiera Municipality respectively on 1 July 2021.[6]

City name Population
(2020 estimate)[8]
billions €,
GRP per capita €, 2018[9]
1. Daugavpils 82,046 0.693 8,400
2. Jelgava 56,062 0.583 10,400
3. Jūrmala 49,687 0.421 8,600
4. Liepāja 68,535 0.897 13,000
5. Rēzekne 27,613 0.283 10,100
6. Riga 627,487 16.395 25,800
7. Ventspils 33,906 0.470 13,600

Municipalities as of 2021Edit

As of 2 June 2021, there are 36 municipalities in Latvia:[7][10]

Municipalities and their territorial units prior to 2021Edit

Former first-level administrative divisions of Latvia (2011–2021)
Former first- and second-level administrative divisions of Latvia (2011–2021)
Municipality Population
Territorial units of municipality:
(Towns and parishes)
1. Aglona Municipality 3,930 Aglona Parish
Grāveri Parish
Kastuļina Parish
Šķeltova Parish
2. Aizkraukle Municipality 8,984 Aizkraukle Parish
Aizkraukle town
3. Aizpute Municipality 9,265 Aizpute Parish
Aizpute town
Cīrava Parish
Kalvene Parish
Kazdanga Parish
Laža Parish
4. Aknīste Municipality 2,967 Aknīste town
Aknīste Parish
Asare Parish
Gārsene Parish
5. Aloja Municipality 5,316 Aloja town
Aloja Parish
Braslava Parish
Brīvzemnieki Parish
Staicele town
Staicele Parish
6. Alsunga Municipality 1,470
7. Alūksne Municipality 17,177 Alsviķi Parish
Alūksne town
Anna Parish
Ilzene Parish
Jaunalūksne Parish
Jaunanna Parish
Jaunlaicene Parish
Kalncempji Parish
Liepna Parish
Maliena Parish
Mālupe Parish
Mārkalne Parish
Pededze Parish
Veclaicene Parish
Zeltiņi Parish
Ziemeri Parish
8. Amata Municipality 5,667 Amata Parish
Drabeši Parish
Nītaure Parish
Skujene Parish
Zaube Parish
9. Ape Municipality 3,834 Ape town
Ape Parish
Gaujiena Parish
Trapene Parish
Vireši Parish
10. Auce Municipality 7,345 Auce town
Bēne Parish
Īle Parish
Lielauce Parish
Ukri Parish
Vecauce Parish
Vītiņi Parish
11. Ādaži Municipality 10,027
12. Babīte Municipality 9,408 Sala Parish
Babīte Parish
13. Baldone Municipality 5,478 Baldone town
Baldone Parish
14. Baltinava Municipality 1,177
15. Balvi Municipality 14,154 Balvi Parish
Balvi town
Bērzkalne Parish
Bērzpils Parish
Briežuciems Parish
Krišjāņi Parish
Kubuli Parish
Lazduleja Parish
Tilža Parish
Vectilža Parish
Vīksna Parish
16. Bauska Municipality 25,561 Bauska town
Brunava Parish
Ceraukste Parish
Code Parish
Dāviņi Parish
Gailīši Parish
Īslīce Parish
Mežotne Parish
Vecsaule Parish
17. Beverīna Municipality 3,260 Brenguļi Parish
Kauguri Parish
Trikāta Parish
18. Brocēni Municipality 6,233 Brocēni town
Blīdene Parish
Ciecere Parish
Gaiķi Parish
Remte Parish
19. Burtnieki Municipality 8,307 Burtnieki Parish
Ēvele Parish
Matīši Parish
Rencēni Parish
Valmiera Parish
Vecate Parish
20. Carnikava Municipality 6,712
21. Cēsis Municipality 18,246 Cēsis town
Vaive Parish
22. Cesvaine Municipality 2,802 Cesvaine town
Cesvaine Parish
23. Cibla Municipality 2,875 Blonti Parish
Cibla Parish
Līdumnieki Parish
Pušmucova Parish
Zvirgzdene Parish
24. Dagda Municipality 8,286 Andrupene Parish
Andzeļi Parish
Asūne Parish
Bērziņi Parish
Dagda town
Dagda Parish
Ezernieki Parish
Konstantinova Parish
Ķepova Parish
Svariņi Parish
Šķaune Parish
25. Daugavpils Municipality 25,127 Ambeļi Parish
Biķernieki Parish
Demene Parish
Dubna Parish
Kalkūne Parish
Kalupe Parish
Laucesa Parish
Līksna Parish
Maļinova Parish
Medumi Parish
Naujene Parish
Nīcgale Parish
Saliena Parish
Skrudaliena Parish
Svente Parish
Tabore Parish
Vabole Parish
Vecsaliena Parish
Višķi Parish
26. Dobele Municipality 22,216 Annenieki Parish
Auri Parish
Bērze Parish
Biksti Parish
Dobele Parish
Dobele town
Jaunbērze Parish
Krimūna Parish
Naudīte Parish
Penkule Parish
Zebrene Parish
27. Dundaga Municipality 4,228 Kolka Parish
Dundaga Parish
28. Durbe Municipality 3,048 Dunalka Parish
Durbe town
Durbe Parish
Tadaiķi Parish
Vecpils Parish
29. Engure Municipality 7,575 Engure Parish
Lapmežciems Parish
Smārde Parish
30. Ērgļi Municipality 3,193 Ērgļi Parish
Jumurda Parish
Sausnēja Parish
31. Garkalne Municipality 7,768
32. Grobiņa Municipality 9,345 Bārta Parish
Gavieze Parish
Grobiņa Parish
Grobiņa town
Medze Parish
33. Gulbene Municipality 22,794 Beļava Parish
Dauksti Parish
Druviena Parish
Galgauska Parish
Gulbene town
Jaungulbene Parish
Lejasciems Parish
Litene Parish
Lizums Parish
Līgo Parish
Ranka Parish
Stāmeriena Parish
Stradi Parish
Tirza Parish
34. Iecava Municipality 9,059
35. Ikšķile Municipality 8,798 Ikšķile town
Tīnūži Parish
36. Inčukalns Municipality 7,935 Inčukalns Parish
Vangaži town
37. Ilūkste Municipality 7,994 Bebrene Parish
Dviete Parish
Eglaine Parish
Ilūkste town
Pilskalne Parish
Prode Parish
Subate town
Šēdere Parish
38. Jaunjelgava Municipality 5,797 Daudzese Parish
Jaunjelgava town
Jaunjelgava Parish
Sece Parish
Sērene Parish
Staburags Parish
Sunākste Parish
39. Jaunpiebalga Municipality 2,390 Jaunpiebalga Parish
Zosēni Parish
40. Jaunpils Municipality 2,450 Jaunpils Parish
Viesati Parish
41. Jēkabpils Municipality 5,087 Ābeļi Parish
Dignāja Parish
Dunava Parish
Kalna Parish
Leimaņi Parish
Rubene Parish
Zasa Parish
42. Jelgava Municipality 24,649 Eleja Parish
Glūda Parish
Jaunsvirlauka Parish
Kalnciems Parish
Lielplatone Parish
Līvbērze Parish
Platone Parish
Sesava Parish
Svēte Parish
Valgunde Parish
Vilce Parish
Vircava Parish
Zaļenieki Parish
43. Kandava Municipality 8,885 Cēres Parish
Kandava Parish
Kandava town
Matkule Parish
Vāne Parish
Zante Parish
Zemīte Parish
44. Kārsava Municipality 6,278 Goliševa Parish
Kārsava town
Malnava Parish
Mērdzene Parish
Mežvidi Parish
Salnava Parish
45. Kocēni Municipality 6,311 Bērzaine Parish
Dikļi Parish
Kocēni Parish
Vaidava Parish
Zilākalns Parish
46. Koknese Municipality 5,445 Bebri Parish
Irši Parish
Koknese Parish
47. Krāslava Municipality 17,506 Auleja Parish
Indra Parish
Izvalta Parish
Kalnieši Parish
Kaplava Parish
Kombuļi Parish
Krāslava Parish
Krāslava town
Piedruja Parish
Robežnieki Parish
Skaista Parish
Ūdrīši Parish
48. Krimulda Municipality 5,323 Krimulda Parish
Lēdurga Parish
49. Krustpils Municipality 6,086 Atašiene Parish
Krustpils Parish
Kūkas Parish
Mežāre Parish
Varieši Parish
Vīpe Parish
50. Kuldīga Municipality 24,850 Ēdole Parish
Gudenieki Parish
Īvande Parish
Kabile Parish
Kuldīga town
Kurmāle Parish
Laidi Parish
Padure Parish
Pelči Parish
Renda Parish
Rumba Parish
Snēpele Parish
Turlava Parish
Vārme Parish
51. Ķegums Municipality 5,735 Ķegums town
Birzgale Parish
Rembates Parish
Tome Parish
52. Ķekava Municipality 21,913 Baloži town
Daugmale Parish
Ķekava Parish
53. Lielvārde Municipality 10,388 Jumprava Parish
Lēdmane Parish
Lielvārde town
Lielvārde Parish
54. Līgatne Municipality 3,684 Līgatne Parish
Līgatne town
55. Limbaži Municipality 17,781 Katvari Parish
Limbaži Parish
Limbaži town
Pāle Parish
Skulte Parish
Umurga Parish
Vidriži Parish
Viļķene Parish
56. Līvāni Municipality 12,496 Jersika Parish
Līvāni town
Rožupe Parish
Rudzāti Parish
Sutri Parish
Turki Parish
57. Lubāna Municipality 2,537 Indrāni Parish
Lubāna town
58. Ludza Municipality 14,226 Briģi Parish
Cirma Parish
Isnauda Parish
Istra Parish
Ludza town
Nirza Parish
Ņukši Parish
Pilda Parish
Pureņi Parish
Rundēni Parish
59. Madona Municipality 25,118 Arona Parish
Barkava Parish
Bērzaune Parish
Dzelzava Parish
Kalsnava Parish
Lazdona Parish
Liezēre Parish
Ļaudona Parish
Madona town
Mārciena Parish
Mētriena Parish
Ošupe Parish
Prauliena Parish
Sarkaņi Parish
Vestiena Parish
60. Mālpils Municipality 3,626
61. Mārupe Municipality 15,950
62. Mazsalaca Municipality 3,460 Mazsalaca town
Mazsalaca Parish
Ramata Parish
Sēļi Parish
Skaņkalne Parish
63. Mērsrags Municipality 1,638
64. Naukšēni Municipality 1,987 Ķoņi Parish
Naukšēni Parish
65. Nereta Municipality 3,878 Mazzalve Parish
Nereta Parish
Pilskalne Parish
Zalve Parish
66. Nīca Municipality 3,579 Nīca Parish
Otaņķi Parish
67. Ogre Municipality 36,202 Krape Parish
Ķeipene Parish
Laubere Parish
Madliena Parish
Mazozoli Parish
Meņģele Parish
Ogre town
Ogresgals Parish
Suntaži Parish
Taurupe Parish
68. Olaine Municipality 20,116 Olaine Parish
Olaine town
69. Ozolnieki Municipality 9,753 Ozolnieki Parish
Cena Parish
Salgale Parish
70. Pārgauja Municipality 3,953 Raiskums Parish
Stalbe Parish
Straupe Parish
71. Pāvilosta Municipality 2,850 Vērgale Parish
Pāvilosta town
Saka Parish
72. Pļaviņas Municipality 5,680 Aiviekste Parish
Klintaine Parish
Pļaviņas town
Vietalva Parish
73. Preiļi Municipality 10,696 Aizkalne Parish
Pelēči Parish
Preiļi Parish
Preiļi town
Sauna Parish
74. Priekule Municipality 5,837 Bunka Parish
Virga Parish
Gramzda Parish
Kalēti Parish
Priekule town
Priekule Parish
75. Priekuļi Municipality 8,365 Liepa Parish
Mārsnēni Parish
Priekuļi Parish
Veselava Parish
76. Rauna Municipality 3,592 Drusti Parish
Rauna Parish
77. Rēzekne Municipality 28,208 Audriņi Parish
Bērzgale Parish
Čornaja Parish
Dricāni Parish
Feimaņi Parish
Gaigalava Parish
Griškāni Parish
Ilzeskalns Parish
Kantinieki Parish
Kaunata Parish
Lendži Parish
Lūznava Parish
Mākoņkalns Parish
Malta Parish
Nagļi Parish
Nautrēni Parish
Ozolaine Parish
Ozolmuiža Parish
Puša Parish
Rikava Parish
Sakstagals Parish
Silmala Parish
Stoļerova Parish
Strūžāni Parish
Vērēmi Parish
78. Riebiņi Municipality 5,536 Galēni Parish
Riebiņi Parish
Rušona Parish
Silajāņi Parish
Sīļukalns Parish
Stabulnieki Parish
79. Roja Municipality 3,972 Roja Parish
80. Ropaži Municipality 6,904
81. Rucava Municipality 1,814 Dunika Parish
Rucava Parish
82. Rugāji Municipality 2,363 Lazdukalns Parish
Rugāji Parish
83. Rundāle Municipality 3,698 Rundāle Parish
Svitene Parish
Viesturi Parish
84. Rūjiena Municipality 5,577 Ipiķi Parish
Jeri Parish
Lode Parish
Rūjiena town
Vilpulka Parish
85. Salacgrīva Municipality 8,323 Ainaži town
Ainaži Parish
Liepupe Parish
Salacgrīva town
Salacgrīva Parish
86. Sala Municipality 3,796 Sēlpils Parish
Sala Parish
87. Salaspils Municipality 22,391 Salaspils town
Salaspils Parish
88. Saldus Municipality 25,604 Ezere Parish
Jaunauce Parish
Jaunlutriņi Parish
Kursīši Parish
Lutriņi Parish
Nīgrande Parish
Novadnieki Parish
Pampāļi Parish
Ruba Parish
Saldus Parish
Saldus town
Šķēde Parish
Vadakste Parish
Zaņa Parish
Zirņi Parish
Zvārde Parish
89. Saulkrasti Municipality 5,855 Saulkrasti town
Saulkrasti Parish
90. Sēja Municipality 2,293
91. Sigulda Municipality 16,729 Allaži Parish
More Parish
Sigulda Parish
Sigulda town
92. Skrīveri Municipality 3,708
93. Skrunda Municipality 5,313 Nīkrāce Parish
Raņķi Parish
Rudbārži Parish
Skrunda town
Skrunda Parish
94. Smiltene Municipality 13,078 Bilska Parish
Blome Parish
Branti Parish
Grundzāle Parish
Launkalne Parish
Palsmane Parish
Smiltene Parish
Smiltene town
Variņi Parish
95. Stopiņi Municipality 10,096
96. Strenči Municipality 3,827 Jērcēni Parish
Plāņi Parish
Seda town
Strenči town
97. Talsi Municipality 31,219 Abava Parish
Ārlava Parish
Balgale Parish
Ģibuļi Parish
Īve Parish
Ķūļciems Parish
Laidze Parish
Lauciene Parish
Lībagi Parish
Lube Parish
Sabile town
Stende town
Strazde Parish
Talsi town
Valdemārpils town
Valdgale Parish
Vandzene Parish
Virbi Parish
98. Tērvete Municipality 3,687 Augstkalne Parish
Bukaiši Parish
Tērvete Parish
99. Tukums Municipality 30,614 Degole Parish
Džūkste Parish
Irlava Parish
Jaunsāti Parish
Lestene Parish
Pūre Parish
Sēme Parish
Slampe Parish
Tukums town
Tume Parish
Zentene Parish
100. Vaiņode Municipality 2,613 Embūte Parish
Vaiņode Parish
101. Valka Municipality 9,299 Ērģeme Parish
Kārķi Parish
Valka Parish
Valka town
Vijciems Parish
Zvārtava Parish
102. Varakļāni Municipality 3,560 Murmastiene Parish
Varakļāni Parish
Varakļāni town
103. Vārkava Municipality 2,113 Rožkalni Parish
Upmala Parish
Vārkava Parish
104. Vecpiebalga Municipality 4,161 Dzērbene Parish
Ineši Parish
Kaive Parish
Taurene Parish
Vecpiebalga Parish
105. Vecumnieki Municipality 8,786 Bārbele Parish
Kurmene Parish
Skaistkalne Parish
Stelpe Parish
Valle Parish
Vecumnieki Parish
106. Ventspils Municipality 12,139 Ance Parish
Jūrkalne Parish
Piltene town
Piltene Parish
Pope Parish
Puze Parish
Tārgale Parish
Ugāle Parish
Usma Parish
Užava Parish
Vārve Parish
Ziras Parish
Zlēkas Parish
107. Viesīte Municipality 4,133 Elkšņi Parish
Rite Parish
Sauka Parish
Viesīte town
Viesīte Parish
108. Viļaka Municipality 5,665 Kuprava Parish
Medņeva Parish
Susāji Parish
Šķilbēni Parish
Vecumi Parish
Viļaka town
Žīguri Parish
109. Viļāni Municipality 6,409 Dekšāres Parish
Sokolki Parish
Viļāni Parish
Viļāni town
110. Zilupe Municipality 3,353 Lauderi Parish
Pasiene Parish
Zaļesje Parish
Zilupe town

See alsoEdit


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