Preiļi

Preiļi (About this soundpronunciation ; German: Prely; Russian: Прейли, previously also Прели) is a town in Latvia. It is also the administrative center of Preiļi municipality.

Preiļi
Town
Daugavpils street in Preiļi
Daugavpils street in Preiļi
Coat of arms of Preiļi
Coat of arms
Preiļi is located in Latvia
Preiļi
Preiļi
Location in Latvia
Coordinates: 56°18′N 26°43′E / 56.300°N 26.717°E / 56.300; 26.717Coordinates: 56°18′N 26°43′E / 56.300°N 26.717°E / 56.300; 26.717
Country Latvia
DistrictPreiļi Municipality
Town rights1928
Government
 • MayorMaruta Pļivda
Area
 • Total5.1 km2 (2.0 sq mi)
Population
 • Total8,605
 • Density1,687/km2 (4,370/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
LV-5301
Calling code+371 653
Number of city council members11
Websitehttp://www.preili.lv/

HistoryEdit

Preiļi is one of the oldest settlements in Latvia.[1] It was first mentioned in written sources in 1250. The Borch family manor was erected in 1836.

By 1897 Preiļi had a population of 2104. Preiļi has had city rights since 1928. By 1935 there were 1662 people living in Preiļi of whom 50.97% were Jews. After World War II there were less than 1000 people living in Preiļi. During the Soviet era many workers from Russia and Belarus started working in Preiļi and the population reached a peak of 9421 in 1989.

 
Mortuary of von Borch family in city park

PeopleEdit

Demographics of Preiļi
Latvians
54.4%
Russians
39.6%
Poles
1.9%
Belarusians
1.5%
Roma
1.2%

Twin towns — sister citiesEdit

Preiļi is twinned with:[2]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Preiļu novads > Vēsture". Archived from the original on 2008-05-17. Retrieved 2007-09-17.
  2. ^ "Starptautiskā sadarbība". preili.lv (in Latvian). Preiļi. Retrieved 2019-09-01.

External linksEdit

  •   Media related to Preiļi at Wikimedia Commons