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People

Population: 24 846 (as of 1 July 2016). The 8th largest city in Latvia

Ethnic structure (2014)

  • 81,7 % Latvians
  • 12,5% Russians
  • 1,9% Belarussians
  • 3,9% other (Polish, Ukrainians, Lithuanians etc.)

Gender structure (2015)

  • 56% women
  • 44% men

Demographic (dependency ratio) (2015)

654 children, youth and seniors on 1,000 working inhabitants
264 children and youth and 390 seniors on 1,000 working inhabitants

Born in Valmiera:

  • Jāzeps Vītols (Latvian composer)
  • Jānis Daliņš (walker, olympic silver medalist in LosAngeles 1935)
  • Mihails Gruzdovs (director)
  • Andris Piebalgs (politician, two-terms EU commissioner)
  • Māris Štrombers (twice olympic gold medalist in BMX)
  • Oskars Melbārdis (olypmic silver medalist and world champion in bobsleigh)
  • Oskars Ķibermanis (olypmic silver medalist and world champion in bobsleigh)
  • Māris Kučinskis (Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia)