Latvia borders Estonia in the north, Lithuania in the south, the Baltic Sea with the Gulf of Riga in the west, Russia in the east, and Belarus in the southeast. Latvia is largely a fertile lowland with numerous lakes and hills to the east.

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  • Valmiera (pronunciation ; German: Wolmar; Polish: Wolmar see other names) is the largest city of the historical Vidzeme region, Latvia, with a total area of 1935 square kilometres (7 square miles) As of 2002, Valmiera had a population of 27,323, and in 2020 – 24 879

  • Tukums (pronunciation ; German: Tuckum; Livonian: Tukāmō) is a town in the Courland region of Latvia Three regions of Latvia meet in the vicinity of Tukums – Vidzeme, Zemgale and Courland

  • Talsi (pronunciation ; Livonian: Tālsa, German: Talsen) (population 11,371) is a town in Latvia It is the administrative centre of Talsi Municipality It is nicknamed the "green pearl of Courland"

  • Saldus (pronunciation ; German: Frauenburg) is a Latvian town located in Courland (Latvian: Kurzeme) and is the main town, and the central location in Saldus Municipality The name Saldus has been noted in historical sources as far back as the mid-13th century, but the founding year is considered to be 1856, and it gained town rights in 1917The city is almost precisely in between Riga and Liepāja (slightly closer to ‘Liepāja’ (100 km), than Riga (119 km)

  • Rēzekne (Latvian: \ˈrɛːzekne:, Latgalian: [ˈrʲæːzʲækʲnʲæ], Russian: [ˈrɛzɛknɛ]; German: Rositten) is a city in the Rēzekne River valley in Latgale region of eastern Latvia It is called The Heart of Latgale (Latvian Latgales sirds, Latgalian Latgolys sirds) Built on seven hills, Rēzekne is situated 242 kilometres (150 miles) east of Riga, and 63 kilometres (39 miles) west of the Latvian-Russian border, at the intersection of the Moscow – Ventspils and Warsaw – Saint Petersburg Railways

  • Olaine (pronunciation ; German: Olai) is a city in Olaine Municipality in the Vidzeme region of Latvia Olaine gained town rights in 1967 The name comes from the Saint Olai Church, built by the Misa river under Swedish rule in the 17th century

  • Mazsalaca (pronounced \ˈmɑsːɑlɑtsɑ:; Livonian: Piški Salats, Estonian: Väike-Salatsi, German: Salisburg) is a town in Mazsalaca municipality, Vidzeme, Latvia with 1269 inhabitants

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