Elektrėnai

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Elektrėnai
City
Church
Church
Flag of Elektrėnai
Flag
Coat of arms of Elektrėnai
Coat of arms
Elektrėnai is located in Lithuania
Elektrėnai
Elektrėnai
Location of Elektrėnai
Coordinates: 54°47′10″N 24°39′40″E / 54.78611°N 24.66111°E / 54.78611; 24.66111Coordinates: 54°47′10″N 24°39′40″E / 54.78611°N 24.66111°E / 54.78611; 24.66111
Country  Lithuania
Ethnographic region Aukštaitija
County Vilnius County
Municipality Elektrėnai municipality
Eldership Elektrėnai eldership
Capital of Elektrėnai municipality
Elektrėnai eldership
Established 1961
Granted city rights 1962
Population (2010)
 • Total 13,664
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Elektrėnai (About this sound pronunciation ) is a city of about 14,000 inhabitants in Lithuania; since 2000 it is the capital of the Elektrėnai municipality. It is situated between the two largest cities in Lithuania – Vilnius and Kaunas.

History[edit]

Church of Elektrėnai
Elektrėnai Lagoon and the power plant

Elektrėnai is one of the newest towns of Lithuania, having been established during the Soviet times as the living space for workers of the nearby power plant. The name of the new town was derived from word "elektrinė" (English: electric plant). Most of the buildings in Elektrėnai are large monolith housing projects built during the Soviet times and there are no historical buildings. The town, however, is close to Elektrėnai Lagoon, an artificial lake that was created in order to cool down the Elektrėnai power plant. The water is several degrees warmer than water at the other nearby lakes.

Retail[edit]

There are 3 supermarkets (Maxima XX, Iki and Rimi also 2 discounters (Cento and Supernetto) in Elektrėnai. Discounter Norfa does not have a presence in the city.[1]

Ice hockey[edit]

Elektrėnai is well known for its ice hockey tradition. For a rather long period of time Elektrėnai was the only city in Lithuania with a well-equipped skating rink. Two NHL players - Darius Kasparaitis and Dainius Zubrus - were born in the town and trained by Aleksey Nikiforov, a famous coach who currently resides in Long Island. Its local ice hockey team, Energija, play in the Latvian league. Inhabitants of Elektrėnai make up a considerable part of the national ice hockey team.

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Retai.net: Rimi Baltic opened its 100th discounter

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