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Latvia - Subdivisions

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Overview

Currently in Latvia administrative reform is in process. Now there are 26 districts and 7 cities as 1st order administrative units and more than 600 parishes and towns as 2nd order administrative units. After reform there may be 4 to 8 1st order administrative units (probably lands (zeme) or kingdoms (novads)) and 150 to 250 2nd order administrative units.
Currently only cities and towns (listed below) have flags. I've heard also about some flags of parishes but they are more gonfanons than flags (large inscriptions with names of parishes, motto etc.)
Gvido Pētersons, 8 December 1999

I'm little wondered about common practice there in Latvia to use silver (Tukums, Sigulda, Saldus) or gray (Rujiena)shades on flags instead of white. Are these shades used anywhere too? Or this is just fault of Latvian flag-creators?
Gvido Pētersons, 23 April 2001

From <www.travellatvia.lv>:
Administrative divisions:
26 counties (singular - rajons) and 7 municipalities*: Aizkraukles Rajons, Aluksnes Rajons, Balvu Rajons, Bauskas Rajons, Cesu Rajons, Daugavpils*, Daugavpils Rajons, Dobeles Rajons, Gulbenes Rajons, Jekabpils Rajons, Jelgava*, Jelgavas Rajons, Jurmala*, Kraslavas Rajons, Kuldigas Rajons, Liepaja*, Liepajas Rajons, Limbazu Rajons, Ludzas Rajons, Madonas Rajons, Ogres Rajons, Preilu Rajons, Rezekne*, Rezeknes Rajons, Riga*, Rigas Rajons, Saldus Rajons, Talsu Rajons, Tukuma Rajons, Valkas Rajons, Valmieras Rajons, Ventspils*, Ventspils Rajons
Dov Gutterman, 8 August 2005

From wikipedia: "Administrative divisions of Latvia, (valid 1 July 2009). According to the Administrative territorial reform of Latvia, Latvia changed its administrative divisions from two-level municipalities to one-level municipalities - districts were liquidated, but towns (Latvian: pilsetas), towns countryside territories (Latvian: pilsetu lauku teritorijas) and parishes (Latvian: pagasti) were merged into 109 municipalities (Latvian: novadi) and there are 9 republican cities (Latvian: republikas pilsetas) with own city council and administration.
Dov Gutterman, 26 January 2010

Some comments to current situation after administrative reform in Latvia. There are 110 (now) municipalities. In Latvia is in force regulation about arms of municipalities - they are not permitted to use their old symbols, even "single parish" municipalities. Each municipality should create new symbol; it is allowed to slightly modify old one. There are no regulations about flags (municipality can choose independently without acceptance in Commission of Heraldry).
All known flags (and arms) are presented in Latvian wikipedia pages: parishes, municipalities, towns and cities.
Gvido Pētersons, 05 April 2011

Last years many of latvian subdivisions of upper level (novads) adopted the flags.
Victor Lomantsov, 12 March 2016


Republican Cities (republikas pilsetas)


Municipalities (novadi)

Note: List of Latvian municipalities is updated by Gvido Pētersons on 04 April 2011 [Town and parishes (pagasts) without flags are not listed.]