Planning regions of Latvia
There are five planning regions of Latvia (Latvian: Latvijas plānošanas reģioni); Kurzeme, Latgale, Riga, Vidzeme and Zemgale. The boundaries of the regions aligns to the boundaries of the municipalities of Latvia following the municipality reform of 1 July 2009. The planning regions of Latvia are not administrative territorial divisions, since they are not mentioned in the law that prescribes the administrative territorial divisions of Latvia.
|Regions||Largest City||Area||Population - (per km²)|
|Riga||Riga||10,132 km²||1,030,071 - (101.7/km²)|
|Kurzeme||Liepāja||13,596 km²||301,621 - (22.2/km²)|
|Latgale||Daugavpils||14,549 km²||304,032 - (20.9/km²)|
|Zemgale||Jelgava||10,733 km²||254,461 - (23.7/km²)|
|Vidzeme||Valmiera||15,246 km²||211,309 - (13.9/km²)|
|Latvia||Riga||64,256 km²||2,070,371 - (32.2/km²)|
Regional institutions began formation 1997 according to municipal initiatives on the planning of common development. Following legislation on regional development, the five planning regions were created according to the 5 May 2009 decision no. 391 of the Latvian Cabinet of Ministers: "Decisions on Territories of the Planning Regions.
- "Administratīvo teritoriju un apdzīvoto vietu likums" (in Latvian). likumi.lv. 2008-12-08. Retrieved 2010-01-10.
- "Plānošanas reģioni" (in Latvian). Ministry of Regional Development and Local-governments. Retrieved 2010-01-10.
- "Noteikumi par plānošanas reģionu teritorijām" (in Latvian). Cabinet of Ministers of Latvia. 2009-05-05. Retrieved 2010-01-10.
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