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Location in Latvia

Coordinates: 56°27′N 22°53′E / 56.450°N 22.883°E / 56.450; 22.883Coordinates: 56°27′N 22°53′E / 56.450°N 22.883°E / 56.450; 22.883
Country  Latvia
District Auces Novads
Town rights 1924
  Mayor Gints Kaminskis
  Total 43.7 km2 (16.9 sq mi)
  Total 4,101
  Density 94/km2 (240/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
  Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code LV-3708
Calling code +371 637
Number of city council members 8

Auce ( pronunciation ; German: Alt-Autz) is a town in southern Latvia near the Lithuanian border.


Before 13th century the territory of Auce was a part of a Semigallian Spārnene county. After the partition of Semigallia in 1254 territory was granted to the Archbishopric of Riga. Auce is first mentioned in written sources in 1426 as Owcze. In 1616 Old Auce (Alt-autz) manor is mentioned for the first time when there was held regional assembly (landtag) of the Duchy of Courland. In 1667 the first Lutheran church was erected in Auce. From 1768 until the Latvian agrarian reforms in the 1920s, Old Auce manor was property of the Baltic German von Medem family.

Auce village started rapid development after the construction of the Jelgava-Mažeikiai railway in 1889. During the World War I Auce was occupied by the Imperial German army. The Germans established an aviation school and airfield (Artillerie-Fliegerschule Ost I) nearby.

After the Latvian War of Independence Auce became part of the Republic of Latvia. In 1920 Old Auce manor was nationalised and it became the property of the University of Latvia, to be used as a teaching farm for students of agriculture. In 1924 Auce received town rights. Since 2009 Auce has been the centre of the Auce municipality.

See also

List of cities in Latvia

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