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The territory of Lithuaniamarker 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 Vilniusmarker. 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.

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 municipalitymarker

3 Klaipėda city municipalitymarker
4 Panevėžys city municipalitymarker

5 Šiauliai city municipalitymarker

6 Alytus city municipalitymarker
7 Birštonas municipalitymarker

8 Palanga city municipalitymarker

9 Visaginas city municipalitymarker

10 Neringa municipalitymarker



List

# County
()
Capital Area
in km² (rank)
Population
in 2001 (census)
Population
in 2008 (rank)
Population
per km² (rank)
Municipalities
1 Alytus Countymarker
(listeninfo)




Alytusmarker 5,425 (6) 187,769 177,040 (7) 32.6 (8)

2 Kaunas Countymarker
(listeninfo)




Kaunasmarker 8,089 (3) 701,529 673,706 (2) 83.3 (2)




See also



References



3
Klaipėda Countymarker
(listeninfo)




Klaipėdamarker
5,209 (7)
385,768
378,843 (3)
72.7 (3)


4
Marijampolė Countymarker
(listeninfo)




Marijampolėmarker
4,463 (8)
188,634
181,219 (6)
40.6 (5)


5
Panevėžys Countymarker
(listeninfo)




Panevėžysmarker
7,881 (4)
299,990
284,235 (5)
36.1 (7)


6
Šiauliai Countymarker
(listeninfo)




Šiauliaimarker
8,540 (2)
370,096
349,876 (4)
41.0 (4)


7
Tauragė Countymarker
(listeninfo)




Tauragėmarker
4,411 (9)
134,275
127,378 (10)
28.9 (9)


8
Telšiai Countymarker
(listeninfo)




Telšiaimarker
4,350 (10)
179,885
173,383 (8)
39.9 (6)


9
Utena Countymarker
(listeninfo)




Utenamarker
7,201 (5)
185,962
172,580 (9)
24.0 (10)


10
Vilnius Countymarker
(listeninfo)




Vilniusmarker
9,729 (1)
850,064
848,097 (1)
87.2 (1)

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