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Ventspils (Russian: Вентспилс, formerly Виндава; German: Windau, Polish: Windawa, Livonian: Vǟnta) is a city in northwestern Latvia on the coast of the Baltic Sea. It is named after the Venta River, which passes through the city. Ventspils's population was estimated in 2004 to be about 39,600. It is located at 57°25′N 21°32′E. Livonian (LÄ«võ kēļ) belongs to the Finnic branch of the Finno-Ugric languages. ... The Baltic Sea is located in Northern Europe, from 53 deg. ... This article is about the river. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Ventspils developed from a castle of the Livonian Order and was first mentioned in chronicles in 1290. It was chartered in 1314 and became an important mercantile city of the Hanseatic League. The Livonian Brothers of the Sword (Latin Fratres militiae Christi, literally the brothers of the army of Christ), also known as the Christ Knights, Sword Brethren or The Militia of Christ of Livonia, was a military order started in 1202 by Albert von Buxhövden, bishop of Riga (or Prince-Bishop... For broader historical context, see 1290s and 13th century. ... Events June 24 - Battle of Bannockburn. ... Carta marina of Baltic Sea (1539) The Hanseatic League (German: die Hanse, Dutch: de Hanze, Polish: Hanza) consisted of an alliance of trading cities that established and maintained a trade monopoly over the Baltic Sea and most of Northern Europe for a time in the later Middle Ages and the...


Ventspils is an important ice-free port. Large amounts of oil and other mineral resources from Russia are loaded aboard ships at Ventspils. The revenue from port services has made Ventspils the wealthiest city in Latvia. Pumpjack pumping an oil well near Sarnia, Ontario Petroleum (from Greek petra – rock and elaion – oil or Latin oleum – oil ), crude oil, sometimes colloquially called black gold or Texas Tea, is a thick liquid that varies in colour, from a bright orange hue to a pitch dark black. ...


Thirty kilometres north of Ventspils is the ex-Soviet radioastronomy installation VIRAC (Ventspils Starptautiskais Radioastronomijas Centrs or Ventspils International Radio Astronomy Centre). The existence of the Centrs was unknown to most Latvians until the withdrawal of the Soviets at the end of occupation in 1994. Microwave image of 3C353 galaxy at 8. ... VIRAC, Ventspils Starptautiskais Radioastronomijas Centrs or the Ventspils International Radio Astronomy Centre is an ex-Soviet installation 30 km north (, ) of Ventspils, Latvia, on the coast of the Baltic Sea. ...


The city has a university college, Ventspils Augstskola, and a basketball team that has won the Latvian championship in the last several years. In the 2001/2002 season, the team took third place in the NEBL. Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005 Basketball is a sport in which two teams of five players each try to score points by throwing a ball through a hoop (the basket) under organized rules. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... For the Cusco album, see 2002 (album). ...


Ventspils Airport, one of the three international airports in Latvia, is located in the city. Ventspils Airport terminal (Photo: Ventspils Airport) Ventspils Airport is an airport in Latvia. ...


See also

This table lists statistics (2002) (Gdańsk, Gdynia, Szczecin, Klaipeda, Helsinki and Tallinn 2004) for the major ports of the Baltic Sea. ...

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Ventspils - definition of Ventspils in Encyclopedia (148 words)
Ventspils is a city in northwestern Latvia, on the coast of the Baltic Sea.
Ventspils was first mentioned in chronicles in 1290.
Ventspils Airport, one of the three in Latvia, is located in the city.
Ventspils - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (237 words)
Ventspils (Russian: Вентспилс, formerly Виндава; German: Windau, Polish: Windawa, Livonian: Vǟnta) is a city in northwestern Latvia on the coast of the Baltic Sea.
Ventspils developed from a castle of the Livonian Order and was first mentioned in chronicles in 1290.
Ventspils Airport, one of the three international airports in Latvia, is located in the city.
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