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Biggest Cities In Lithuania

Located in the southeastern region of Lithuania, Vilnius is Lithuania's most populous city and the country's seat of government.

Lithuania is a Northern European nation. It is also one of the three Baltic states. The country is located along the southeastern shores of the Baltic Sea. Sweden, Denmark, Latvia, Belarus, Poland, and the Kaliningrad Oblast border the nation. The country has a population of around 2.9 million people as of 2015. Vilnius is the biggest city and capital of Lithuania. Lithuanian and Latvian are the two official languages of the country. Lithuania’s population is primarily urban by nature. Since the 1990’s, the country has experienced a steady migration of population from the rural areas to the cities. The well executed and planned development of regional centers have encouraged this trend. A report in 2015 mentions that 66.5% of the Lithuanian population lived in urban areas. Here we mention some of the most populous Lithuanian cities and their important features.

The Four Biggest Cities In Lithuania

Vilnius

Vilnius is Lithuania’s biggest city and also the country’s seat of government. It is located in the country’ s south-eastern part and is classified as a Gamma global city. Vilnius is famous for its Old Town architecture that was inscribed in 1994 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is often called the "Jerusalem of Lithuania," due to the Jewish influence on the cityscape of Vilnius. The city houses nearly 20% of the country’s population and generates nearly one-third of the country’s GDP. Solar and laser technology manufacturing centers and biotechnological manufacturers are also located in the city. Vilnius has a number of universities, the largest being the Vilnius University.

Kaunas

The second biggest city in Lithuania is Kaunas which is a leading economic, cultural, and academic center in the country. Kaunas is located where the waters of the two rivers Nemunas and the Neris merge. The largest body of water in the country, the Kaunas Reservoir is also located near the city. Food and beverage, publishing and processing, metal, wood processing, chemical, textile, etc., are the major industries active in Kaunas. Many national and international companies have their headquarters located in this Lithuanian city.

Klaipėda

Klaipėda is the third largest Lithuanian city and the Klaipėda County’s capital. The city is of immense national importance due to it being a usually ice-free port at the Akmena-Danė River’s mouth. The port is the most significant hub of transport in Lithuania and is a deep-water, multipurpose port. The cities Old Town is famous for its Scandinavian and German architecture and is frequented by tourists visiting the country.

Šiauliai

Šiauliai is the fourth biggest city in Lithuania and the Šiauliai County’s capital. The city has served as an industrial center since the beginning of the 19th century. Several manufacturing and service companies, shopping centers, commercial enterprises, etc., are located in the city today.

Which Are The Biggest Municipalities In Lithuania?

RankCityPopulation (2014)
1Vilnius539,939
2Kaunas304,097
3Klaipėda157,350
4Šiauliai105,653
5Panevėžys96,345
6Alytus56,364
7Marijampolė39,542
8Mažeikiai36,278
9Jonava34,056
10Utena28,391
11Kėdainiai26,080
12Telšiai24,500
13Tauragė24,043
14Ukmergė22,904
15Visaginas20,238
16Radviliškis19,625
17Plungė19,142
18Kretinga18,124
19Palanga17,620
20Druskininkai16,263

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