Daugava

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Daugava
The Daugava in Riga during winter
Origin Russia
Mouth Gulf of Riga, Baltic Sea
Basin countries Belarus, Latvia, Russia, Lithuania
Length 1020 km (663 mi)
Source elevation 221 m (725 ft)
Avg. discharge 678 m³/s (7,310 ft³/s)
Basin area 87,900 km² (33,900 mi²)
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Daugava in summer.
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The Swedish army bombarding the fortress of Daugavgriva at the Daugava's estuary.

The Daugava or Western Dvina (Russian: Западная Двина́ (Zapadnaya Dvina), Belarusian: Заходняя Дзвiна (Zahodniaja Dźvina), Latvian: Daugava, Polish: Dźwina, German: Düna) is a river rising in the Valdai Hills, Russia, flowing through Russia, Belarus, and Latvia, draining into the Gulf of Riga, an arm of the Baltic Sea. The total length of the river is 1,020 km (633.7 mi.).

It is connected by a canal with Berezina and Dnieper rivers.

It is not to be confused with Northern Dvina.

There are three hydroelectric dams on the river - Rīgas HES just upstream from Riga or 35 km from the mouth of the river, Ķeguma HES another 35 km further up or 70 km from the mouth, and Pļaviņu HES another 37 km upstream or 107 km from the mouth. A fourth one, Daugavpils HES, has been planned but has always faced strong criticism. Belarus currently plans to build several hydroelectric dams on the Belarusian part of Daugava.

[edit] Cities by Daugava / Western Dvina

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