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Daugavpils

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Daugavpils is a city in southeastern Latvia, located on the banks of the Daugava River, from which the city gets its name. Daugavpils literally means "Daugava Castle". It is the second largest city in the country after the capital Riga, which is located some 230km to its north-west. Daugavpils has a favorable geographical position as it borders Belarus and Lithuania . It is located some 120km from the Latvian border with Russia. Daugavpils is a major railway junction and industrial centre. It has a station on Riga-Minsk rail line.The city is surrounded by many lakes and nature parks. It is also known for its overwhelmingly Russian-speaking population.NamesHistorically, several names in various languages have identified Daugavpils. Some are still in use today., Динабург (Dinaburg), Борисоглебск (Borisoglebsk 1656–1667), Двинcк (Dvinsk) (Dineburg) Here is a chronology of name changes: Dünaburg (1275—1656) Borisoglebsk (1656—1667) Dünaburg (1667—1893) Dvinsk (1893—1920) Daugavpils (1920—today)
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