Baloži (About this soundpronunciation ; German: Rollbusch) is a town of Latvia situated in the Ķekava municipality just 12 kilometres from the centre of Riga. In 2015, the city had a population of 6,281.

Riga street in Baloži
Riga street in Baloži
Flag of Baloži
Coat of arms of Baloži
Coat of arms
Baloži is located in Latvia
Location in Latvia
Coordinates: 56°52′N 24°7′E / 56.867°N 24.117°E / 56.867; 24.117Coordinates: 56°52′N 24°7′E / 56.867°N 24.117°E / 56.867; 24.117
Country Latvia
DistrictRiga District
Town rights1991
 • Total6.7 km2 (2.6 sq mi)
18 m (59 ft)
 • Total6,281
 • Density659/km2 (1,710/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
LV-2128; LV-2112
Calling code+371 67

Baloži was founded soon after the Second World War; as a village at the time, it was developed for the nearby peat factory workers. The oldest part of the town is built in a Stalinist style. During the 1970s, territory of the village was expanded towards the A7 highway. During the 1980s this part was built as a modern residential district and called Titurga. In 1991 Baloži received town rights. After the Latvian administrative territorial reform of 2009, Baloži became part of Ķekava Municipality and thus became one of the few Latvian towns which are not municipal centres.

See alsoEdit

List of cities in Latvia