About Liepaja - Symbols


The flag of Liepāja consists of the city’s coat of arms in the center and is horizontally divided into two parts – red upper half and green lower half.

The coat of arms of Liepāja was adopted four days after it gained city rights – on 22 March 1625. It pictures a classic heraldic shield where on a silver background the lion of Courland with a divided tail leans upon a linden tree (Latvian: Liepa) with its forelegs.

Liepāja is known throughout Latvia as “The city where the wind is born”, possibly because of the constant sea breeze. A song of the same name (Latvian: “Pilsēta, kurā piedzimst vējš”) was composed by Imants Kalniņš and since 1999 became the city’s official anthem.

Anthem of Liepāja: audio version