Parish: Stämeriens parish
Area: 130.94 km2
General information: Stämerien parish is located in the northeastern part of Gulbene county and borders Beļava, Strada, Litene parishes of Gulbene county and Kalncempju, Anna, Jaunanna parishes of Alūksne county. The narrow-gauge railway line "Gulbene - Alūksne" crosses the parish. Largest settlements: Stämeriena, Vecstämeriena, Kalniena. Distance to Riga – 200 km, distance to the regional center Gulbene – 15 km. There are 4 lakes in the parish: Ludza (279 ha), Stämerienas (97.85 ha), Pogas (28.36 ha), Kalnienas (Germaniu) (15.66 ha). Rivers: Pogupe, Melnupe, Paparze, Rūdupe, Dzelzupe, Guldupe.
The territory of Stämerien (formerly also Stomersee, Stomerskaja) was already inhabited about 4000 years ago. The name comes from the Stämeri family, which in the 15th century owned large land properties near Stämeriens lake. Stämerien parish (Stämere parish until 1882) was founded in 1867.
The parish administration is located in Vecstämerien.
Business: Largest farms and entrepreneurs in Stāmerien parish: z/s Pilsėta - horse breeding, equestrian sports, z/s Sūnekli - animal husbandry, grain farming, z/s Dzelzavieši - tourism, z/s Priednieki - organic agriculture, food, industrial goods, z/ s Salukalns - animal husbandry, SIA Mazkalniena - meat breeding, SIA Ikteri - meat breeding, forestry, SIA Bovkompaniju avivienda - modular houses, SIA Sonāte - catering, tourism, SIA Viesturi - food, industrial goods, SIA Härdeks - car service, SIA Vecsalenieki - woodworking , SIA ZETECH – metalworking, association KAPO, SIA Dalans – Kalnienas asparagus, bather V. Podziņš, bather R. Račko, IU Alliance, recreation complex Vonadziņi, recreation complex Ziedugravas, SIA Mazkaipi Plus (bread, pies, cakes), Jolanta Apsīte ( growing seedlings, vegetables).
Education: Gulbene district pre-school educational institution "Ābolīši" operates in the parish. Stämeriens primary school was closed in 2019, Kalniens primary school – in 2005.
Culture: Two folk houses - Stāmerien and Kalniena, in which independent groups operate: youth dance group "Poga", amateur theater "Spele", women's vocal ensemble, vocal-instrumental ensemble "R.P.M.", line dance groups, children's dance groups, needlework group.
Two libraries operate in the parish - Stämerienas and Kalnienas.
Sports work organizers are active.
Health: I/U Stāmeriens doctorate, cosmetologist services are provided by SIA Elegna 21.
In the parish there is a residence for the elderly "Saulstari".
Religion: the Orthodox congregation at St. Alexander Nevsky Orthodox Church.
Cultural and natural monuments: cultural monuments of national importance - Stāmerien manor complex, Sv. Alexander Nevsky Orthodox Church, Gulbene-Alūksne narrow-gauge railway, Smoņi ancient cemetery, School ancient cemetery.
Protected natural objects – Kalniena landscape park and Stāmerien manor park.
Prominent personalities: writers: Zemgaliėšu Biruta (real name K.A. Grencione), J. Kārstenis (real name J. Šmits), D. Ilva, E. Liedskalniņš – sculptor, V. Mednis – painter, L. Āboliņš – biologist, Ē.Ezerietis – surgeon, A. Gäters – linguist, doctor, V. Greble – folklorist. The Italian writer Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa lived here. The parish is proud of its residents - Sarmīti Balodi (developer of the Kalnienas izloksne dictionary), Raita Apalupa (public employee) and Ralf Ruben (musician).
The latest information about the parish on the Internet: https://www.gulbene.lv/lv/nvd/ppt/196-stp