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—  Town  —


Coat of arms
Nickname(s): Frauenburg
Saldus is located in Latvia
Location in Latvia
Coordinates: 56°40′N 22°30′E / 56.667°N 22.5°E / 56.667; 22.5
Country  Latvia
District Saldus District
Town rights
 - Mayor Indra Rassa
 - Total 10.1 km2 (3.9 sq mi)
 - Total 12,637
 Density 1,251/km2 (3,240.1/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 - Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code LV-3801
Calling code +371 638
Number of city council members 11

Saldus (About this sound pronunciation ) is a Latvian town located in Courland and is main town in Saldus District. As of 2005, the town has a population of 12,707.

The year 1856 is considered as foundation of Saldus town when the board of Domens' decided to establish a trade center. Although there was an active economical life at the end of 19th century, and Saldus was the cultural center of the region, it got the official rights of town only in 1917. One of the oldest building of the town is Saldus St.John's church. Documents from 1461 mention a wooden church. It was reconstructed at various times. The tower, bombed in war in 1944, was rebuilt in 1981-1982.

Today Saldus has developed itself as an important cultural and educational, business and trade center. There are about 500 approved companies in Saldus with main branches in building construction, wood proceeding, food proceeding, processing.

Also nowadays there are very active cultural life, local musicians, poets, painters and artists.

Since 1946 there is Saldus school of music, but in 1984 was founded Saldus Art school.


Notable people

  • Johann von Besser (1654–1729) - German writer
  • Ursula Donath (1931- ) - German athlete
  • Janis Rozentāls (1866–1917) - painter
  • Lea Davidova-Medene (1921–1986) - sculptor
  • Māris Čaklais (1940–2003) - poet
  • Ēriks Ķiģelis (1955–1985) - musician

International relations


Twin towns — Sister cities

Saldus is twinned with:

See also


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