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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.

Counties are administered by county governors (Lithuanian: singular – apskrities viršininkas, plural – apskrities viršininkai) who are appointed by the central government in Vilnius. Their primary duty is to ensure that the municipalities obey the laws and the Constitution of Lithuania. They do not have great powers vested in them, and so it is suggested that 10 counties are too much for Lithuania as the two smallest counties administer only four municipalities. There is a proposal to replace the counties with four or five lands, a new administrative unit, that would be decided according to the ethnographic regions of Lithuania and based on the 5 major cities with the population more than 100,000. On 1 July 2010, the county administrations were abolished,[1] and since that date, counties remains as the territorial and statistical units.

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-step administrative division: apskritys that were subdivided into valsčius. Lithuania now has a three-step division: counties, municipalities, and elderates (apkritys, 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

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List[]

# County
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Capital Area
in km² (rank)
Population
in 2001
census[2]
Population
in 2011
census
(rank)[2]
Population
per km²
(rank)
Municipalities
1 Alytus County
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Alytus County COA.png
Alytus 5,425 (6) 187,769 158,571 (7) 29.3 (8)
  • Alytus city municipality
  • Alytus district municipality
  • Druskininkai municipality
  • Lazdijai district municipality
  • Varėna district municipality
2 Kaunas County
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Kaunas 8,089 (3) 701,529 612,532 (2) 75.7 (2)
  • Birštonas municipality
  • Jonava district municipality
  • Kaišiadorys district municipality
  • Kaunas city municipality
  • Kaunas district municipality
  • Kėdainiai district municipality
  • Prienai district municipality
  • Raseiniai district municipality
3 Klaipėda County
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Klaipėda 5,209 (7) 385,768 337,286 (3) 64.8 (3)
  • Klaipėda city municipality
  • Klaipėda district municipality
  • Kretinga district municipality
  • Neringa municipality
  • Palanga city municipality
  • Skuodas district municipality
  • Šilutė district municipality
4 Marijampolė County
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Marijampole County COA.png
Marijampolė 4,463 (8) 188,634 160,978 (6) 36.1 (4)
  • Kalvarija municipality
  • Kazlų Rūda municipality
  • Marijampolė municipality
  • Šakiai district municipality
  • Vilkaviškis district municipality
5 Panevėžys County
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Panevėžys 7,881 (4) 299,990 254,218 (5) 32.3 (7)
  • Biržai district municipality
  • Kupiškis district municipality
  • Panevėžys city municipality
  • Panevėžys district municipality
  • Pasvalys district municipality
  • Rokiškis district municipality
6 Šiauliai County
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Siauliai County COA.png
Šiauliai 8,540 (2) 370,096 305,792 (4) 35.8 (5)
  • Akmenė district municipality
  • Joniškis district municipality
  • Kelmė district municipality
  • Pakruojis district municipality
  • Radviliškis district municipality
  • Šiauliai city municipality
  • Šiauliai district municipality
7 Tauragė County
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Tauragė 4,411 (9) 134,275 109,790 (10) 24.9 (9)
  • Jurbarkas district municipality
  • Pagėgiai municipality
  • Šilalė district municipality
  • Tauragė district municipality
8 Telšiai County
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Telšiai 4,350 (10) 179,885 153,388 (8) 35.3 (6)
  • Mažeikiai district municipality
  • Plungė district municipality
  • Rietavas municipality
  • Telšiai district municipality
9 Utena County
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Utena 7,201 (5) 185,962 150,598 (9) 20.9 (10)
  • Anykščiai district municipality
  • Ignalina district municipality
  • Molėtai district municipality
  • Utena district municipality
  • Visaginas municipality
  • Zarasai district municipality
10 Vilnius County
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Vilnius County COA.png
Vilnius 9,729 (1) 850,064 810,651 (1) 83.3 (1)
  • Elektrėnai municipality
  • Šalčininkai district municipality
  • Širvintos district municipality
  • Švenčionys district municipality
  • Trakai district municipality
  • Ukmergė district municipality
  • Vilnius city municipality
  • Vilnius district municipality

See also[]

  • Subdivisions of Lithuania
  • Municipalities of Lithuania
  • Elderships of Lithuania
  • ISO 3166-2:LT

References[]

  1. ^ "Dėl apskričių viršininkų administracijų likvidavimo". Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania. http://www3.lrs.lt/pls/inter3/dokpaieska.showdoc_l?p_id=392936. Retrieved 21 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "IŠANKSTINIAI 2011 METŲ GYVENTOJŲ SURAŠYMO REZULTATAI PAGAL APSKRITIS IR SAVIVALDYBES". Department of Statistics to the Government of the Republic of Lithuania. 2011-12-02. http://www.stat.gov.lt/uploads/docs/gyv_sk_surasymas.pdf. Retrieved 2011-12-12. 
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