Juodupė

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Juodupė
Town
Coat of arms of Juodupė
Coat of arms
Juodupė is located in Lithuania
Juodupė
Juodupė
Location of Juodupė
Coordinates: 56°05′20″N 25°36′40″E / 56.08889°N 25.61111°E / 56.08889; 25.61111Coordinates: 56°05′20″N 25°36′40″E / 56.08889°N 25.61111°E / 56.08889; 25.61111
Country  Lithuania
County Panevėžys County
Municipality Rokiškis district municipality
Eldership Juodupė elderate
Capital of Juodupė elderate
Population (2001)
 • Total 2,043
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Juodupė (literally: black river) is a small town in Rokiškis district municipality, Lithuania. It is located near the confluence of Juodupė rivulet with Vyžuona not far from the border with Latvia. According to the 2001 census, its population was 2,043.[1] Juodupė received city rights in 1956, but lost them on December 16, 2002 and became a town.[2]

Juodupė started growing around a wool spinning mill, established in an old windmill in 1907. In 1931 the mill went bankrupt and was bought by "Nemunas" company, which resumed operations.[3] During World War II, the town burned to ground, but was quickly rebuilt. The mill was reconstructed into a large factory, employing over 1,000 people. It almost went bankrupt when Lithuania declared independence in 1990 and severed factory's economic ties with Russia. Today the factory is operated by UAB Baltic Mills and employs over 200 people.[4] Another major employer is a peat extraction company in the nearby Naujasodė village.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Number of population by county, city (town) and municipality". Department of Statistics to the Government of the Republic of Lithuania. 2005-12-01. Retrieved 2008-07-30. 
  2. ^ Dėl gyvenamosios vietovės pavadinimo pakeitimo
  3. ^ (Lithuanian) Semaška, Algimantas (2006). Kelionių vadovas po Lietuvą: 1000 lankytinų vietovių norintiems geriau pažinti gimtąjį kraštą (4th ed. ed.). Vilnius: Algimantas. p. 295. ISBN 9986-509-90-4. 
  4. ^ a b (Lithuanian) Verslas