Alsunga is one of two villages in the second smallest municipality in Latvia with 1 390 inhabitants. The local community is mainly made up of people with old cultural traditions – called suiti. The Suiti Cultural Space was inscribed in UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding in 2009.

Alsunga is a good place to live, but ongoing depopulation is reducing available resources , thereby changing the living environment and the need for services. The main priorities are to develop sustainable local food and a craft market to increase marketing volumes for home-based producers. Another initiative is to develop the local school.

Due to administrative reforms, the Alsunga municipality will be incorporated into a much larger municipality and will become an outskirts parish. This will require the development of a strong village strategy and team to keep the development of Alsunga.

For us, ‘smart village’ is a community of people who work together to address their challenges through a variety of methods – the whole community benefits from cooperating with residents and entrepreneurs. The smart village is a process rather than a static state.

Therefore the ‘smart village action group’ was set up as a voluntary association involving representatives of both the Chairman of the Municipality Council, representatives of NGOs, representatives of local authorities and residents. The group is open and calls on all citizens to participate with ideas and concrete actions for the development of Alsunga village.

Smart Rural Journey

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Young people participate in training on smart solutions and programming. The participants not only familiarise themselves with the various smart solutions and learn the fundamentals of programming, but also became aware of the village's problems, seek solutions and develop and implement a smart solution.

Village strategy :

Alsunga village strategy



A journey through the Internet of Things

Young people from Alsunga participated in a programming training which taught them the fundamentals, as well as smart IT solutions that could be deployed to address issues the village is facing. Trainees explored village issues, sought solutions and jointly developed one Internet of Things (IoT) device - a miniature weather station.

Alsunga activities in 2021

Find out what Alsunga and its residents have been up to in 2021 – a wide range of activities, from a joint training for the development of a smartphone app to the annual Youth Days in the summer.

Get a flavour of Alsunga

Resources :

Ensuring quality education through digitalization
Kristaps Vitolins - Municipality of Alsunga ( 23/02/2021 )
A presentation provided at the 2nd Smart Village Academy of the Smart Rural 21 project during the “Promoting your village to attract tourists/ visitors, newcomers, businesses, investment…” working group. Alsunga is working with young people on an augmented reality digital education project.  
Language : English
Summary Highlights of the Smart Village Strategy of Alsunga (Latvia)
Municipality of Alsunga ( 12/2020 )
The Summary Highlights of the Smart Village Strategy of Alsunga has been developed in the context of the ‘Preparatory Action for Smart Rural Areas in the 21st Century’ project funded by the European Commission.
Language : English

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