Territory 258.23 square km, incl. 47% of agricultural lands, 51%
- forests Population 2052, density 9 per 1 square km.
Staicele town and its rural territory is situated in the north-
east of Limbaži region and it borders on the Republic of Estonia.
The territory is rich in forests, swamps and water resources,
variety of flora, nesting places of birds that are scarce in the world.
In the length of 30 km the picturesque river Salaca crosses it.
Populated places Vīķi and Rozēni are located in the rural territory.
The distance from the town center to Riga is 130 km, to Valmiera 62
km, to Limbaži 45 km, to Ainaži 30 km.
Staicele got its name from an innkeeper, a woman of Swedish origin,
who once lived on the bank of the river. Because of her tall, slender
stature, she was called "Stazele", then the name was Latvianized and
thus the town got its name.
As there was no bridge across the river, the woman did also the
work of the ferryman. A monument to her has been erected here and hence
the history of Staicele starts.
The beginning of Staicele is the year 1897, when the construction
of a paper-mill was started. In 1997 Staicele was acknowledged to be the
tidiest provincial town in Limbaži region and in the Sējējs 97 for
the development of the civil parish it won the first prize in the
There is an open-air stage "Zem Ozola" on the river bank, and many
beautiful festivals, theatre performances and concerts are annually
organized there. Traditionally every year on the second Saturday of May
"Staiceles vimba" festival takes place.
The potential of production development in the territory is mainly
connected with reorientation of Staicele paper-mill. At present it
produces paper-packaging bags. Forest working and woodworking is
developed. It is also envisaged to begin charcoal production.
Staiceles future plans are connected with the development of
tourism. The nature has taken care of creating opportunities for
wonderful rest near the waters of the river Salaca, in the surrounding
woods and swamps. At present it is possible to enjoy all this while
staying in the hotel "Mačkalni and Guest house Rozeni which is
situated 6 km from Staicele (Accommodation, rest houses
>>>). It is impossible to separate strictly one span of the river
from the other. It ties several territories closely together, making
them think of a common goal. It is very important to establish contacts
with other self-governments, with which we are already united by an
enormous project Ziemeļu stīga. The boarder between Latvia and Estonia
should not become a hindrance for tourism and we must find the magnet,
which would attract tourists.
Such a kind of cooperation project The Nord Livonia has been
supported by European Union Credo programme. It unites several Estonian
borderlands municipalities as well as Staicele and Mazsalaca, but
Staicele, in its turn, can be considered to be the point of contiguity
for Latvian and Estonian Livs. On 27th March, 1999 the first estate of
Salaca district (Metropolis) Liv culture
and information centre- museum Privālind was opened in Staicele.
In Europe and in the whole world extinction of different species of
animals and birds can be observed. In some countries also stork is
almost fully extinct (e.g. Belgium, Denmark, Holland). Staicele is the
farthest northern place where these magnificent birds nest in colonies.
In Staicele town emblem a white stork is outlined against the background
of the dark blue sky. In September of 1998, supported by Staicele town
council, an open public foundation "Latvijas Stārķa fonds was founded.
It is this foundation that determines the local inhabitants' attitude,
choice and necessity to preserve everything and to demonstrate it to
others in a scientifically correct way. According to the existing
information such a museum, specially built for the stork, can be met
neither in eastern nor in central Europe.
The dream of Staicele is to establish Tourism and information
centre Stork in order to reflect the diversity of natural resources of
the region and to form the awareness in the north
reserve of biosphere. Establishing this centre topical, problems of
the reserve as well as those of the whole of Latvia will be solved:
ensuring of biological diversity of international significance
tracts of swamps,
estimate of territorial natural resources and popularization of
the possibility of their longterm utilization
formation of social awareness and environmental education,
popularization of environment-friendly life-style, European scale
endangered bird species black and white stork biological estimate
and protection of their population.
The museum will be formed with a special image, beginning with its
architectonic performance resembling a bird with folded wings in
flight. Its beak will be made of a transparent 18 m high tinted glass
pyramid and it will be placed on the highest hill in Staicele Ruku
hill. Down below the Salaca not always peaceful river can be seen.
In the future artificially made stork nests will be placed (two of
them have already been put up) in the territory of the center.
In Staicele district descents in dingoes along the river
Salaca are very popular in summer, starting from the lake Burtnieki in
Valmiera region and going as far as Salacgrīva, where the Salaca flows
into the wide waters of the Baltic sea thus uniting us farther with
the wide world.
Beside the tourism development areas mentioned above, in the future
Staicele development will be closely connected with Youth Football
centre of Vidzeme region who is situated in Staicele .In summer of 2004
there are opened hostel with 160 places for young football players who
are learn in a specialized football boarding- school.
One of the main goals of the municipality is to raise the quality
of local public life and to ensure long-term regional development based
on active participation of the inhabitants. Therefore during the last
half-year the self-government has been trying to find out all its values
and needs to elaborate the most well- becoming plan for development of