Valka and Valga – “One Town, Two Countries”
Latvian and Estonian towns of Valka and Valga celebrate common history
- April 19, 2019 19:30
- Anton Stoyanov
On 11 and 12 May, the Latvian and Estonian cities of Valka and Valga (respectively) are celebrating their common history and common, open border. Prior to gaining independence from the Soviet Union in 1920, Valka and Valga were both the same town. With the establishment of newly independent Latvia and Estonia, the city was separated and divided to the respective states. The countries were again subjugated by the Soviet Union in the 1940s and gained independence after its collapse. The border between the cities was entirely removed with the countries’ accession into the Schengen area in 2007.
Ever since, the two cities have enjoyed a celebration, commemorating their common history under the slogan “One Town, Two Countries” – the public transport even has stops that go through the border. This year’s celebrations will be held on 11 and 12 May and will include what’s become a main attraction - the barbecuing competition between the towns – “BBQ Without Borders 2019”. On the first day of the festivities, the cities will also celebrate European Day, dedicated to the upcoming European elections. You will be able to find the European area in Valga’s central square. The programme for the celebrations also involves concerts, a charity lottery and tons of others cultural events.