Elektrėnai municipality

  Administrative centre – Elektrėnai
  Area – 509 km² (5.2 % of the county’s area)
  Population – 27 911 (3.3 % of the county's population)
  Wards – Beižionys, Elektrėnai, Gilučiai, Kazokiškės, Kietaviškės, Pastrėvys,   Semeliškės, Vievis

Elektrėnai municipality is one of the “youngest” municipalities – it was established as late as in 2000; its area was formed from parts of Trakai and Kaišiadorys district municipalities. It is located in the eastern part of Dzūkai Upland, in the valley of the lower reaches of the Neris. The municipality includes the western part of the Trakai Historical National Park, surrounding the forest of Daugirdiškės and its picturesque environs, and part of the Neris Regional Park, situated in the north-eastern part of the municipality. There are the Strošiūnai landscape, Pipiriškės geomorphological, Ilgis ornitological, Pūstakiemis botanical reserves, the natural complex of the Bražuolė River. The percentage share of water bodies in Elektrėnai municipality is one of the highest in Lithuania. At the northern and north-eastern border of the municipality flows the Neris with tributaries the Bražuolė, Rugtupis, Aliosa, Sukra, Spengla, Žiežmara and a tributary of the Nemunas – the Strėva. There are as many as 101 lakes (the largest – Vievis, Ilgis, Vaisintis). There are also many artificial water bodies – Elektrėnai reservoir (Elektrėnų marios) (1289 ha), the ponds of Pastrėvys, etc. Wash-off and whitish soils are favourable for agriculture. Part of the area is forested (Kazokiškės, Paneriai and other forests). Agricultural land makes up 49.1 %, forests – 33.8 %, roads – 2.1 %, built-up area – 2.6 %, water bodies – 6.9 %, other land – 5.4 % of the municipality.

There are two towns – Elektrėnai and Vievis, and one township – Semeliškės. The building of the municipal centre – Elektrėnai town – was started in 1960; it was first meant to be a settlement of builders and workers of a nuclear power plant. The name of the town is artificial, originating from the word “elektra” (meaning “electricity”); it was granted to the town in 1962 in order to immortalise the then largest power plant in Lithuania.

The favourable geographic location of the municipality and a convenient communication infrastructure (the territory is crossed by a Vilnius–Klaipėda highway and an important railway line), the nearness of the major towns of Lithuania – Vilnius and Kaunas, a modern infrastructure stimulate investment and economic development. Intensive industrial construction processes have been observed. The largest enterprises functioning in the municipality – public company Lietuvos elektrinė (Lithuanian Power Plant) and public company Vievio paukštynas (a poultry farm). The service sector is rapidly developed – its structure is changing, more qualitative services are offered. Intensification of construction processes has been observed as well – the number of free parcels at the Vilnius–Kaunas highway, near Elektrėnai and Vievis, has been decreasing, new industrial enterprises and logistics centres are constructed.

Historical past is reminded of by the Pipiriškės, Kalniniai Mijaugoniai, Žuvytės and other castle mounds, the church of St Mary the Victress in Kazokiškės, the mansions of Vievis and Semeliškės.

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