• Founded in 1283
  • Population: 24 856 (01.01.2018.), about 7000-8000 people commute to Valmiera on a  daily basis
  • Area: 19,35 km2
  • Industrial areas – 308,35 ha
  • Since 2009 Valmiera is designated as a city of national significance (special city)
  • Unemployment rate: 3,4% (30.04.2018.)

Distance to:

  • Riga – 115 km
  • Port of Riga – 130 km
  • Port of Ventspils – 300 km
  • Port of Liepaja – 320 km
  • Lithuanian border – 200 km
  • Estonian border – 50 km
  • Russian border – 150 km
  • Moscow – 770 km
  • Stockholm – 670 km

Main road/railway intersections:


  • Riga – Valmiera – Valka – Tartu (Estonia) (A3)


  • Ventspils – Riga – Valmiera – Valka – Tartu (Estonia)
  • Liepaja – Riga – Valmiera – Valga (Estonia) – Pskov (Russia)

Largest foreign enterprises operating in Valmiera:

  • JSC Valmieras stikla šķiedra  (Germany) produces glass fibre and glass fibre products, which can be used for further processing, for thermal and technical insulation materials, aviation and as ready-made building materials. It employs more than 1000 people.
  • JSC Valmieras piens  (Latvia, Russia) produces dairy products engaging more than 200 employees.
  • Culimeta Baltics Ltd. (Germany) produces threads and texturized glass fibre products engaging more than 50 people.
  • Padtex Insulation Ltd. (Italy) produces acoustic and heat insulation materials and fire safety products from fiberglass materials which are high thermal resistant (up to 1000º C). It employs 100 employees.
  • Valtanks Ltd.  (Sweden) produce single-walled and double walled fuel storage tanks, internal surface of which is coated with glass reinforced vinylester layer while outside is coated with fibreglass overlay. It is employing more than 20 people.

Largest Latvian enterprises operating in Valmiera:

  • Cooperative VAKS  is made up of more than 527 farmers from the Vidzeme and Latgale regions with the aim of providing effective pre-processing, storage and marketing services for its Members.
  • Valpro Ltd.  is the world’s leading manufacturer of fuel metal cans and leading manufacturer of fire-extinguishers and fire-extinguisher shells in Europe. It employs more than 330 employees.
  • Daiļrade koks Ltf.  produces furniture from veneered and laminated chipboard engaging more than 130 people.

Labour skills and education:

Majority of Valmiera citizens are engaged in manufacturing/industry – 22%. Local educational institutions provide a complete education cycle for professionals, from high school to vocational diploma or university degree. Computer system technicians, caterers, managers, translators, and industrial programme controlling specialists – you will find them all in Valmiera. The research and competence support systems in Valmiera are based on Valmiera Business and Innovation Incubator and the Sociotechnical Systems Engineering Institute and Institute of Social, Economic and Humanities Research of Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences.

Incentives and developments:

Valmiera is actively positioning itself as an attractive investment destination by renovating its technical and engineering infrastructure (road, water, sewerage and heating systems) and developing industrial territories. Valmiera is determined to continue developing its status as industrial centre while offering its inhabitants plenty of green recreational areas. Valmiera also provides direct access to State administrative institutions thus shortening the time spent on receiving the required permits.

Municipality can offer:

  • Infrastructure for large-scale manufacturing
  • Assistance with industrial zone development
  • Excellent education and training base
  • Professional and motivated workforce
  • Research institutions

Contact information:
Mrs Elīna Leimane
Business Development Coordinator in Valmiera Development Agency
Phone: +371 20 216 997

For more information see full profile of Valmiera.

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