Ogre (city)

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Coat of arms of Ogre
Ogre (city) (Latvia)
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Basic data
State : LatviaLatvia Latvia
Landscape: Livonia ( Latvian : Vidzeme )
Administrative district : Ogres novads
Coordinates : 56 ° 49 '  N , 24 ° 36'  E Coordinates: 56 ° 49 '7 "  N , 24 ° 36' 20"  E
Residents : 25,380 (Jan. 1, 2016)
Area : 13.58 km²
Population density : 1,869 inhabitants per km²
Height :
City law: since 1928
Website: www.ogre.lv
Post Code: 5001-5003
ISO code: LV-067

Ogre (German: Ogershof or Oger ) is a town in Latvia at the confluence of the Oger and the Daugava , 36 km southeast of Riga . In 2016 Ogre had 25,380 inhabitants.


Archaeologists found traces of settlement here from the 3rd to 5th millennium BC. In historical times the Livs and Latgals lived here mixed. In the Chronicle of Henry of Latvia there is an account of a council of war of the Livs, which they held in 1206. This place is located on one of two hills near today's city of Ogre.

The place emerged after the construction of the Riga - Dünaburg railway line in 1861 as a summer excursion destination for the urban population of Riga. When the First World War began in 1914, Ogre consisted of around 300 summer houses. Since the Daugava formed the front line for two years , the inhabitants were evacuated and not much was left of the building.

In the period of Latvian independence after 1920, the resort flourished again in competition with Jūrmala and received city rights in 1928. Now there were also various commercial enterprises. About 1,300 people lived in Ogre in winter and 5,000 to 10,000 in summer.

The city ​​survived the Second World War relatively well, only the railway bridge and some businesses were blown up. On October 9, 1944, Red Army troops marched in , including the 308th (Latvian) Rifle Division.

During the time of the Latvian SSR , the former health resort developed into a normal town with various factories and combines.


Ogres novads

Since the districts were dissolved in 2009, Ogre has formed an administrative community with nine surrounding rural communities. 38,861 inhabitants live here (July 1, 2010)


Town twinning

Ogre lists 17 twin cities :

city country since
Long SwedenSweden Sweden 1996
Basarabeasca Moldova RepublicRepublic of Moldova Moldova
Bollnas SwedenSweden Sweden
Hengelo NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands 1996
Järvenpää FinlandFinland Finland
Jõhvi EstoniaEstonia Estonia
Joué-lès-Tours FranceFrance France 2005
Kelmė LithuaniaLithuania Lithuania 2010
Kerava FinlandFinland Finland
Maimana AfghanistanAfghanistan Afghanistan 2011
Mytishchi RussiaRussia Russia
Nový Bydžov Czech RepublicCzech Republic Czech Republic
Salo FinlandFinland Finland
Sigdal NorwayNorway Norway
Slonim BelarusBelarus Belarus
Chernihiv UkraineUkraine Ukraine 2007
Võru EstoniaEstonia Estonia


Individual evidence

  1. Latvijas iedzīvotāju skaits pašvaldībās pagastu dalījumā
  2. ^ City website
  3. Maschke, Erich (ed.): On the history of the German prisoners of war of the Second World War. Verlag Ernst and Werner Gieseking, Bielefeld 1962–1977.
  4. ^ Ogres novads. Retrieved June 7, 2016 .