Lazdijai

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Lazdijai
City
Lazdijai.jpg
Coat of arms of Lazdijai
Coat of arms
Lazdijai is located in Lithuania
Lazdijai
Lazdijai
Location of Lazdijai
Coordinates: 54°14′N 23°31′E / 54.233°N 23.517°E / 54.233; 23.517Coordinates: 54°14′N 23°31′E / 54.233°N 23.517°E / 54.233; 23.517
Country  Lithuania
Ethnographic region Dzūkija
County Alytus County COA.png Alytus County
Municipality Lazdijai district municipality
Eldership Lazdijai city eldership
Capital of Lazdijai district municipality
Lazdijai city eldership
Lazdijai rural eldership
First mentioned 1570
Granted city rights 1597
Population (2001)
 • Total 5,140
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Lazdijai (About this sound pronunciation ) is a city in Lithuania located about 7 km (4.3 mi) east of the border with Poland. In 1990 Lithuania declared independence from the Soviet Union, and new check points between the borders Poland and Lithuania were established and Lazdijai became the center that oversees and continues to regulate these operations. It is the birthplace of Lithuanian politician and producer Arūnas Valinskas and of Russian-American composer and violinist Joseph Achron.