Jonava district municipality

  Administrative centre – Jonava
  Area – 944 km² (11.7 % of the county’s area)
  Population – 51 745 (7.7 % of the county’s population)
  Wards – Bukiniai, Dumsiai, Jonava town, Kulva, Rukla, Šilai, Upninkai,   Užusaliai, Žeimiai

Jonava district municipality is located in the north-eastern part of Kaunas county, astride the Neris River. The location of Jonava district is favourable – almost in the very centre of the country, near Kaunas, which is the second largest city in Lithuania. Agricultural land makes up 46.3 %, forests – 41.9 %, roads – 1.9 %, built-up area – 3.4 %, water bodies – 2.2 %, other land – 4.3 % of the municipality.

There is one town – Jonava (the administrative centre of the district), and three townships – Panoteriai, Rukla and Žeimiai. Jonava town is situated on the right bank of the Neris River, whose basin is characterised by an expressive terrain. A well-arranged network of streets, living quarters intermingled with small parks, squares and ponds, suburban plantations are the several characteristic features of the town. The origin of the name of the town is thought to be related to the manor of the noblemen Kosakovskis (Kossakowski), which was granted the name of Jonas. In 1750, it was allowed to establish a township; a privilege was granted, which allowed arranging there markets and fairs, as well as to accommodate free people of various religions, i.e. Christians, Tatars, Jews. The town suffered badly in 1812, in the times of the French–Russian war. In 1923, Jonava obtained city rights. In 1950 – Jonava district, in 1995 – Jonava district municipality was established.

The centre of the municipality – Jonava – is an important industrial (in particular, chemical industry) and transport centre. The district municipality is crossed by international highways  Kaunas–Daugavpils and Via Baltica, as well as by a highway Vilnius–Panevėžys–Šiauliai–Palanga; there is also a crossing of railway lines from Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipėda. Considerable efforts have been put to make the municipality a place suitable for business development, work, recreation, as well as to make it an interesting and attractive location for tourism.

There are important natural monuments – Upninkai botanical, Šventoji ichthyological, Kulva geomorphological, Lietava hydrographical reserves; Andruškoniai geological outcrop; Gaidelis Stone – the largest stone in water (in the Neris River) in Lithuania; historical and cultural monuments – the church of St Michael the Archangel in Bukonys (19th century), the church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Žeimiai, the church of St Jacob the Apostle in Jonava, Žeimiai mansion, Jonava railway station, a complex of buildings of a post station in Turžėnai and others. The Paberžė, Piliakalnis, Laukagaliai castle mounds are worth seeing. In Lokėnėliai village, there is the only adventure park in Lithuania, offering extreme experience, Lokės pėda (The Bear Foot).

Culture in the district in nourished by municipal institutions – the Jonava Region Museum, cultural centre, public library. There is an art gallery functioning in the cultural centre, where various exhibitions are organised; the centre also hosts amateur art groups.  The Jonava cultural centre organises various celebrations, which have already become traditional – the Midsummer Day (Joninės), contemporary art forum Homo ludens, national festivals of choirs, street musicians, children’s pop choirs and others.

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Jonava district municipality