Latvia - Local government
Latvia's local governmental structure is divided into two levels. On the first tier are cities, parishes ( pagasti ), and newly formed joint municipalities. In addition, there is district government. Citizens who live in the respective territories elect the decisionmaking bodies of city, parish or joint-municipal governments. These governments delegate representatives to the district governments (counties). The seven large municipalities in Latvia have dual status as city and regional governments. As of 2000, there were 473 parishes, 65 cities, 7 newly formed joint municipalities, 7 large municipalities, and 26 administrative counties.