|Municipality||Prienai district municipality|
|Eldership||Prienai city eldership|
|Capital of||Prienai district municipality
Prienai city eldership
|Granted city rights||1609|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
Prienai ( pronunciation (help·info)) is a city in Lithuania situated on the Neman River, 39 km (24 mi) south of Kaunas. In 2001 the city had 11,353 inhabitants. The name of the city is a derivative from a surname Prienas. Pociūnai Airport is associated with the city.
The first documented mention of Prienai is in 1502 when the Grand Duke of Lithuania Alexander gave the land of Prienai to the noble Mykolas Glinskis. Magdeburg rights were granted to the city in 1609, beginning a period of growth that continued through the 17th and 18th century.
- Joseph Gottfarstein (1903–1980), German historic and philologist
- Bluma Zeigarnik (1901–1988), Russian psychologist
- Jonas Kazlauskas (1930–1970), Lithuanian scientist, philology professor of Vilnius University, historical grammatics and baltic philology researcher
- Justinas Marcinkevičius, poet
- Vincas Mykolaitis-Putinas, writer
- Vytautas Petkevičius, writer
- Matas Šalčius, writer, traveler
- Vytautas Jurgis Bubnys, writer
- Sonata Milušauskaitė, race walker
Industry establishment began at the end of the 17th century, when paper manufactory was founded. 1868 beer brewery of high quality beer founded. It was active until 1941. AB „Sportinė aviacija“ for a long time was the only glider factory in Soviet Union. It was founded 1969. Here was created the first Lithuanian glassfibre glider BK-7 "Lietuva".
Twin towns - Sister cities
Prienai is a member of the Douzelage, a unique town twinning association of 24 towns across the European Union. This active town twinning began in 1991 and there are regular events, such as a produce market from each of the other countries and festivals. Discussions regarding membership are also in hand with three further towns (Agros in Cyprus, Škofja Loka in Slovenia, and Tryavna in Bulgaria).
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