Welcome to Liepāja


Brief information about the Liepāja

It's the largest city in the Kurzeme Region and the third largest city in the Nation following Daugavpils and Riga. It's an port that is ice-free that is important.

In 2017 inhabitants of Liepāja is 69,443 people. In the 20th century it was a favorite place for sea-bathers with town boasting a playground and several gardens, and a theater. Liepāja is known throughout Latvia as "City, where the end has been born", probably because of the continuous sea breeze.

A tune of the same title (Latvian: "Pilsētā, kurā piedzimst vējš") was composed by Imants Kalniņš and has become the anthem of town. Its standing as the windiest city in Latvia was strengthened with the construction of the largest wind farm in the nation (33 Enercon wind turbines) nearby.

The coat of arms of Liepāja was adopted four times following the empowerment acquired city rights on 18 March 1625. These are described as: "to a silver background, the lion of Courland using a divided tail, that leans upon a linden (Latvian: Liepa) tree using its forelegs".

The flag of Liepāja has the coat of arms in the centre, with red in the top green and half in the bottom. One of the very few surviving films documenting the mass murder of Jews taken into pits in the first phases of the Holocaust is a short film by a German soldier who witnessed the massacre of Liepāja Jews in July 1941 close to the lighthouse.