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 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
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CapitalArea
in km2 (rank)
Population(thousands)
(2020)
[2]
Pop. density
(per km2)
GDP (nominal)
(billion EUR)[3]
GDP (per capita)
(EUR)
Average salary
(EUR)[4]
HDI
(2018)
[5]
Municipalities
1 Alytus County
(listeninfo)

Alytus 5,418 (6) 134 25 1.4 10,500 1,254 0.836
2 Kaunas County
(listeninfo)

Kaunas 8,086 (3) 562 70 10.0 17,700 1,534 0.877
3 Klaipėda County
(listeninfo)

Klaipėda 5,222 (7) 319 61 5.3 16,600 1,458 0.871
4 Marijampolė County
(listeninfo)

Marijampolė 4,466 (8) 136 31 1.4 10,500 1,246 0.825
5 Panevėžys County
(listeninfo)

Panevėžys 7,878 (4) 211 27 2.7 12,800 1,317 0.842
6 Šiauliai County
(listeninfo)

Šiauliai 8,537 (2) 261 31 3.5 13,200 1,302 0.841
7 Tauragė County
(listeninfo)

Tauragė 4,349 (9) 91 21 0.9 9,900 1,225 0.811
8 Telšiai County
(listeninfo)

Telšiai 4,350 (10) 130 30 1.6 12,100 1,326 0.842
9 Utena County
(listeninfo)

Utena 7,191 (5) 124 18 1.3 10,100 1,267 0.825
10 Vilnius County
(listeninfo)

Vilnius 9,730 (1) 820 84 20.7 25,400 1,675 0.907
Lithuania Vilnius 65,300 2,828 43 48.8 17,500 1,524 0.869

See also


References


  1. "Dėl apskričių viršininkų administracijų likvidavimo". Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania. Retrieved 21 August 2011.
  2. "Lietuvos statistikos departamentas". Department of Statistics to the Government of the Republic of Lithuania. 2015-01-16.
  3. "Lietuvos statistikos departamentas". Department of Statistics to the Government of the Republic of Lithuania. 2020-12-15.
  4. https://osp.stat.gov.lt/informaciniai-pranesimai?eventId=244031
  5. "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". hdi.globaldatalab.org. Retrieved 2018-09-13.