Valmiera is located in the Northen part of Latvia - in Vidzeme region. City is located in region`s point of conjuctionof road and railway network. Valmiera consists of 18,18 km2 of urban area and has 27 234 inhabitants.
Valmiera`s strategic location is favourable for existing and potentional business
Distance from Valmiera to:
Riga International Airport -140km
Capital Riga- 115 km
Freeport of Riga- 130 km
Freeport of Ventspils - 300 km
Freeport of Liepāja - 320 km
Lithuania - 200 km
Estonia - 50 km
Russia - 150 km
Companies in Valmiera provide working places aproximately up to 20 000 people. 21,9% are employed in state and municipal services, 21% is employed in manufacturing, 17,7% are employed in wholesale and retail, 12,9% are employed in other different services.
To improve business environment for local entrepreneurs and municipality is established Advisory board of Entrepreneurs. Board were established to advice municipality on issues related to the development strategy of city.
In the beginning of 2011 Valmiera was on the 11th position in terms of inflow of foreign investments, over 26 millions of Lats has been invested in the enterprises existent in the city.
To foster cross border cooperation Valmiera have several international collaboration agreements with different cities in Scandinavia, Germany, Netherlands, France, Russia, Slovenia, Hungary, Belarus, Poland and other cities. Agreements provides cooperation in economics, culture, education, sports etc.