Radviliškis district municipality

  Administrative centre – Radviliškis
  Area – 1635 km² (19.1 % of the county’s area)
  Population – 49 250 (14.1 % of the county’s population)
  Wards – Aukštelkai, Baisogala, Grinkiškis, Pakalniškės, Radviliškis,   Radviliškis town, Sidabravas, Skėmiai, Šaukotas, Šeduva, Šeduva town,   Šiaulėnai, Tyruliai

Radviliškis district municipality is located in the south-eastern part of Šiauliai county, at the watershed of the basins of the Mūša and Nevėžis rivers. The largest part of the district is covered by the Rytų (Eastern) Žemaičiai Lowland. The district is crossed by the Šušvė River. There are 9 lakes (the largest whereof – Arimaičiai), ponds, Praviršulis (botanical zoological reserve) and Sulinkiai marshes. The largest forests – those of Baisogala, Varnioniai, Radviloniai, Bargailiai; mixed and spruce forests predominate. Agricultural land makes up 63.2 %, forests – 25.7 %, roads – 2.0 %, built-up area – 2.3 %, water bodies – 2.4 %, other land – 4.4 % of the municipality.

There are two towns – Radviliškis and Šeduva, and ten townships – Baisogala, Grinkiškis, Palonai, Pašušvys, Pociūnėliai, Sidabravas, Šaukotas, Šiaulėnai, Tyruliai and Vadaktai.

The administrative centre of the district municipality – Radviliškis. It was for the first time mentioned in written sources in 1567 in a book where towns paying taxes were listed. It is held that the name of the town originated from the name of the family of noblemen Radvila, whereas the family governed Radviliškis for almost 100 years – from 1546 to 1764 with breaks. As the Liepāja–Kaišiadorys railway line was constructed in 1871 and the Daugavpils line – in 1873, Radviliškis started growing rapidly. In 1947–1950, it was a county centre. Today Radviliškis is an important railway centre not only in Lithuania, but also in the Baltic States.

The location of the district is strategically favourable: at the crossing of important Lithuanian railway lines. There are large locomotive and carriage depots, the busy Vilnius–Šiauliai highway. Radviliškis is known as a rolling stock repair, food and wood processing industry centre. A considerable amount of peat is mined in the district. Rich soils prevail; therefore, agriculture is well-developed.

Important cultural monuments are the Alksnupiai cemetery chapel, Raudondvaris, Baisogala, Burbiškis estate buildings and parks, a church of All Saints and a chapel in Pašušvys, a church of the Discovery of the Holy Cross and a windmill in Šeduva, Kleboniškiai village folk life museum. The district may be proud of its Daugyvenė museum-reserve of cultural history.

Useful links
Radviliškis district municipality
Radviliškis town cultural centre