The District of Ogre
Ogre District Council
Brivibas str. 33a
Tel. + 371 502 2231 & 50 23751
Fax + 371 502 2231
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|The district of Ogre is located in the central region of Latvia. With an area of 1,843,000 square meters, it is the second smallest district in Latvia, but the population of 639,000 inhabitants makes it the second largest district, after the district of Riga. Ogre district includes 16 villages. The highway and railway from Riga to the city of Daugavpils in the south-eastern part of Latvia go through the towns Ogre, Kegums and Lielvarde, on the banks of the Daugava river.
The River Ogre flows through the central area of the Ogre district. The basin of the River Maza Jugla is formed by 60 tributary streams stretching out across the northern part of the region, where several hills give variety in the landscape.
The economic and geographical location of the district and the nearness of Riga, are advantageous for developing various sorts of entrepreneurial activities. The main employers in the district are the following enterprises:
The knitting factory Ogres Ltd with 3,000 employees, is one of the largest knitwear producers in the Baltic States.
|The regionís Cooperative Society Union operates shops, cafes, a market and modern bakery.
The building material firm Ogres Buvplastmasa, produces plastic products, concrete, reinforced concrete, floor and wall plates.
The transport company Ogre Autobuss Ltd, ensures public transport in the district of Ogre.
Five agricultural companies and 2,555 farms produce and process all sorts of agricultural products.
The main forestry manages more than 57,000 hectares of woodland. More than 34,000 hectares of woodland is owned by private possessors. The licensed annual fell of wood-pulp in the district is a volume of 260 cubic meters.
A tourist in Ogre should visit the most important tourist attractions like Ogre Art and History museum, the Latvian Road Museum, the Museum of Boy Scouts and Girl Guides, Ogre Dendrology Park and the Botanical Gardens. The Museum of the Latvian poet, Andrej Pumpurs, and the sculpture park in Lielvarde, with personage of his famous epos Lacplesis, are worth visiting. Tourists are always welcome in the district of Ogre.
An attractive addition to the sights of the Ogre district are the history museums in the towns Ogresgals and Mengele, a number of impressive eminent trees and archaeological monuments.
Visitors have many opportunities to try their luck in fishing and hunting, go horseback-riding and have a good rest in comfortable hotels and recreation centers.
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