Pakruojis District Municipality

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Pakruojis District Municipality
Pakruojo rajono savivaldybė
Municipality
Beržtalis River near Žeimelis
Beržtalis River near Žeimelis
Coat of arms of Pakruojis District Municipality
Coat of arms
Location of Pakruojis district municipality within Lithuania
Location of Pakruojis district municipality within Lithuania
Country  Lithuania
Ethnographic region Aukštaitija
County Šiauliai County
Capital Pakruojis
Elderships 8
Government
 • Mayor Saulius Gegieckas
 • Ruling party Lithuanian Social Democratic Party
 • Council size 25 members
Area
 • Total 1,316 km2 (508 sq mi)
Area rank 25th
Population (2001 census)
 • Total 29,500
 • Rank 44th
 • Density 22/km2 (58/sq mi)
 • Density rank 50th
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Telephone code 421
Major settlements
Website www.pakruojis.lt

Pakruojis District Municipality is one of 60 municipalities in Lithuania. It is an agricultural district, situated in the north of Lithuania and bordering with Latvia. The rivers Kruoja, Mūša and others flow through the district. Forests occupy 16.7% of the territory of the Pakruojis district. It is close to two major cities: Šiauliai is 40 kilometres (25 mi) to the west, and Panevėžys - about 50 kilometres (31 mi) to the southeast.

Pakruojis is known as one of the main centres of traditional Lithuanian brewing, along with Pasvalys and Biržai. The founder of the Lithuanian beer website alutis.lt reports that there are 19 breweries in the Pakruojis distinct. Most bars in town feature local type of beer. The main park in Pakruojis features a collection of local folk-art wood carvings.

Coordinates: 56°02′31″N 23°53′42″E / 56.04194°N 23.89500°E / 56.04194; 23.89500