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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
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
"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
All known flags (and arms) are presented in Latvian wikipedia pages: parishes, municipalities, towns and cities.
Gvido Pētersons, 05 April 2011
Note: List of Latvian municipalities is updated by Gvido Pētersons on 04 April 2011 [Town and parishes (pagasts) without flags are not listed.]