Latvia. Jūrmala

Latvia. Jūrmala

Our country - Latvia

Area: 64 589 km2
Capital: Rīga
Population: 1 990 000 (2014)
Currency: Euro

Latvia is located in the northeast Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea, between Sweden and Russia. The country, which consists of fertile lowlands and moderate hills, vast forested areas, a network of rivers and hundreds of kilometres of seashore, has been an international crossroad for commerce, trade and cultural exchange since ancient times.

Rīga – the capital of Latvia – is world-famous for its Art Nouveau architecture, excellent arts and entertainment programme. Other major cities – Ventspils, Sigulda, Daugavpils, Cēsis, Jūrmala – provide vast opportunities for active recreation.

Whether you are looking to discover history, enjoy the pristine beauty of the nature or immerse yourself in cultural life, Latvia offers innumerable ways to do so.

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Our city - Jūrmala

Area: 100km
Inhabitants: 57 371 (01.01.2016.)
Length of the beach: 24,2 km
Distance from Rīga city centre: 25 km
Distance from the international airport “Rīga”: 15 km
Distance from Rīga passenger ferry terminal: 25 km

Only 30 minutes from Rīga, Jūrmala with its long sandy beaches, pine trees, fresh air, romantic wooden houses and plenty of fun is an outstanding place to relax and improve your health.

The beach

Fresh air rich in phytoncide and ionized by the sea and fine, sugar-like white quartz sand make Jūrmala’s beach a calm place for resting and improving your health.

Jūrmala has 11 official swimming areas along its beach. In 2015, Bulduri, Dzintari, Majori, Dubulti and Jaunķemeri seaside swimming areas received the Blue Flag certificate, meaning that they meet stringent standards for environmental sustainability as well as water quality and beach management.

There is plenty of fun at the seaside as well. Various local and international sporting events take place on Jūrmala’s beach. In the summer, beach football and beach volleyball tournaments, as well as beach races are held; in the winter Jūrmala’s beach turns into a snowy, 20-kilometer cross-country ski track. The playgrounds and various climbers are also popular and bring special joy to the beach.

Spa and medicine

Jūrmala has been known as a medical resort since the late 18th century. Today its treatment centres offer a wide range of healing, rehabilitation and SPA services, and it is an ideal place for combining leisurely relaxation with healthcare.


In addition to its natural assets, Jūrmala also boasts top culture and entertainment events all year round.

The city is home to the concert hall Dzintari. Its events programme offers world-class symphony, opera, pop and jazz acts.

Jūrmala City Museum has a reputation as one of the best exhibition halls in Latvia, while Aspazija’s house provides an authentic insight into the everyday life and creative work of one of the greatest Latvian poetesses.

Dubulti Art Station – the only modern art space in Europe that is located in a functioning railway station – combines transport, cultural and public administration resources to make a unique art platform accessible to everyone.


The Gulf of Riga encloses the whole of Jūrmala’s 24 km – long northern side. In the south, Jūrmala is bounded for 30 km by the river Lielupe. Jūrmala’s curative resources are concentrated in its western territories which feature lakes, swamps and wetland forests. The rest of Jūrmala is known as a Climatic recreational resort.

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© Jūrmalas Pilsētas dome
© Jūrmalas Pilsētas dome
© Jūrmalas Pilsētas dome
© Jūrmalas Pilsētas dome

Jūrmalas Valsts ģimnāzija

Jūrmalas Valsts ģimnāzija (JVĢ) is situated in Jūrmala – one of the largest seaside resorts in the Baltic States. The school currently has 320 students and 53 teachers. It provides education at lower secondary and secondary level in 5 study programmes. Jūrmalas Valsts ģimnāzija is open to innovative and multicultural processes in Europe while fostering students’ pride and a sense of belonging to Latvia.

The school has a large number of academically talented students who are also continually encouraged to develop their interests, abilities and skills in a number of extra-curricular activities, for example, drama, photography, sports, journalism, historical research and computer studies. The school’s drama club has gained recognition both locally and internationally.

JVĢ has been recognised as an ”Innovative school” through participation in the Microsoft Innovative School Program. It is a certified ”Ambassador School” of the European Parliament after completing a programme which aims to raise awareness amongst young people in secondary education of the impact of the EU in their daily lives.