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Counties of Lithuania

The territory of Lithuania is divided into 10 counties (Lithuanian: singular apskritis, plural apskritys), all named after their capitals. The counties are divided into 60 municipalities (Lithuanian: singular savivaldybė, plural savivaldybės): 9 city municipalities, 43 district municipalities and 8 municipalities. Each municipality is then divided into elderates (Lithuanian: singular seniūnija, plural seniūnijos). This division was created in 1994 and slightly modified in 2000.

Until 2010, the counties were administered by county governors (Lithuanian: singular – apskrities viršininkas, plural – apskrities viršininkai) appointed by the central government in Vilnius. Their primary duty was to ensure that the municipalities obey the laws and the Constitution of Lithuania. They did not have great powers vested in them, and so it was suggested that 10 counties are too much for Lithuania as the two smallest counties administer only four municipalities. Therefore, on 1 July 2010, the county administrations were abolished, but the counties themselves are retained for statistical and reporting purposes.[1]

Modern apskritys should not be confused with apskritys that existed in the independent Lithuania during the interwar period. At that time Lithuania had a two-tier administrative division: apskritys that were subdivided into valsčius. Lithuania now has a three-step division: counties, municipalities, and elderates (apskritys, savivaldybės, and seniūnijos). See subdivisions of Lithuania for details.

Map

This map shows counties as well as municipalities. Eight city municipalities and two municipalities are marked by numbers:

1 – Vilnius City Municipality
2 – Kaunas City Municipality
3 – Klaipėda City Municipality

4 – Panevėžys City Municipality
5 – Šiauliai City Municipality
6 – Alytus City Municipality

7 – Birštonas Municipality
8 – Palanga City Municipality
9 – Visaginas Municipality
10 – Neringa Municipality

List

# County
(media help)
Capital Area
in km2 (rank)
Population (2023)[2] Pop. density
(per km2)
GDP (nominal)
(billion EUR)[3]
GDP (per capita)
(EUR)
Average monthly gross salary
(EUR)[4]
HDI
(2021)
[5]
Municipalities
1 Alytus County
(listeninfo)

Alytus 5,418 (6) 135,367 25 1.6 11,500 1,582 0.841
2 Kaunas County
(listeninfo)

Kaunas 8,086 (3) 580,333 70 11.6 20,400 1,930 0.882
3 Klaipėda County
(listeninfo)

Klaipėda 5,222 (7) 336,104 61 6.0 18,400 1,802 0.876
4 Marijampolė County
(listeninfo)

Marijampolė 4,466 (8) 135,891 31 1.6 11,800 1,575 0.830
5 Panevėžys County
(listeninfo)

Panevėžys 7,878 (4) 211,652 27 3.0 14,100 1,638 0.847
6 Šiauliai County
(listeninfo)

Šiauliai 8,537 (2) 261,764 31 3.9 15,000 1,649 0.847
7 Tauragė County
(listeninfo)

Tauragė 4,349 (9) 90,652 21 1.1 10,900 1,586 0.817
8 Telšiai County
(listeninfo)

Telšiai 4,350 (10) 131,431 30 1.8 13,500 1,724 0.847
9 Utena County
(listeninfo)

Utena 7,191 (5) 125,462 18 1.4 11,200 1,548 0.831
10 Vilnius County
(listeninfo)

Vilnius 9,730 (1) 851,346 84 24.2 29,800 2,191 0.913
Lithuania Vilnius 65,300 2,860,000 43 56.2 20,000 1,960 0.875

See also

References

  1. ^ "Dėl apskričių viršininkų administracijų likvidavimo". Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania. Retrieved 21 August 2011.
  2. ^ "Resident population at the beginning of the year".
  3. ^ "BENDRASIS VIDAUS PRODUKTAS PAGAL APSKRITIS 2021 M." (in Lithuanian). Statistics Lithuania. 25 November 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Darbo užmokestis regionuose, apskrityse ir savivaldybėse".
  5. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". hdi.globaldatalab.org. Retrieved 2018-09-13.

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