Most fertile agricultural land in Latvia is located in western Zemgale, occupying 39% of the region's area, while the eastern part of the region is covered with forests – 44.1%. Zemgale has rich freshwater resources, the densest river network, as well as important peat, clay, dolomite, gypsum, limestone, gravel and sand extraction sites.
Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies is located in Zemgale, being the only higher education institution in the country that prepares highly qualified specialists in veterinary medicine, forestry, agriculture, food sciences and rural engineering. Region has a high working age population (61.2%), which is higher than the national average.
Science and research
Region has a high potential for innovation and development of new technologies, with the availability of technology and knowledge transfer center, scientific centers, research institutes and laboratories in various fields, as well as industrial parks, serving as a basis for creating new innovative products and technologies.
Accessibility and mobility
Zemgale is crossed by the country's main motorways: Great Britain - Asia (A6 / E22), Via Baltica (A7 / E67) and Budapest - Pskov (A8 / E77), as well as railway lines, including the planned Rail Baltica railway route. The region is located in close proximity to the metropolitan area of Riga – being an hour away from air and waterways.
Various industries are developed in the region, such as agricultural production, food production, wood processing, metalworking, mechanical engineering, chemical industry etc. Many scientific centers and field professionals are located here to help develop bioeconomy and other solutions to ensure sustainable production and efficient use of resources.
Latvia has been and still is one of the Top 20 countries worldwide with the fastest internet, so in Zemgale you can expect excellent wired and wireless internet coverage, which provides a great connection in both urban and rural areas. 81.3% of the population of Zemgale region regularly use the internet, and the number of users continues to grow.
Zemgale is a region with rich cultural and historical heritage, natural landscapes and parks, manors and castles that lure both local and foreign tourists. When staying in Zemgale, make sure to go hiking, explore forests, relish the local cuisine, be delighted by landscapes, learn about history or just simply enjoy peaceful relaxation in nature.
Green, untouched nature and healthy living environment, especially for families with children. Educational and social services available, as well as extensive opportunities for recreation and relaxation. Zemgale is proud of the developed transport infrastructure, exciting sports happenings and unique cultural events.