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Town hall of Šakiai
Town hall of Šakiai
Coat of arms of Šakiai
Coat of arms
Šakiai is located in Lithuania
Location of Šakiai
Coordinates: 54°57′N 23°3′E / 54.950°N 23.050°E / 54.950; 23.050Coordinates: 54°57′N 23°3′E / 54.950°N 23.050°E / 54.950; 23.050
Country  Lithuania
Ethnographic region Suvalkija
County Marijampolė County
Municipality Šakiai district municipality
Eldership Šakiai eldership
Capital of Šakiai district municipality
Šakiai eldership
First mentioned 1599
Granted city rights 1776
 • Mayor Juozas Bertašius (LVŽS)
 • Mayor deputy Rima Rauktienė
Population (2005)
 • Total 6,605
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Šakiai (About this sound pronunciation ) is a city in the Marijampolė County, Lithuania. It is located 65 km (40 mi) west of Kaunas. It is presumed that Šakiai first expanded from Šakaičai village. By 1719 a church in Šakiai was built. By the 19th century Šakiai already had city rights; it also had a school, Catholic and Lutheran churches, a synagogue, and a post office. During World War II the city was destroyed by the German army.

Šakiai church


Šakiai is the birthplace of early Zionist philanthropist Isaac Leib Goldberg.[1]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Šakiai is twinned with:


  1. ^ Slutsky, Yehuda. "Sakiai". Jewish Virtual Library. American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise. Retrieved 2015-01-12. 
    Anne Blejer, Hatte (2013-03-04). "Yitzchak Leib Goldberg". Geni. MyHeritage. Retrieved 2015-01-10.