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Coat of arms of Upninkai
Coat of arms
Upninkai is located in Lithuania
Location of Upninkai
Coordinates: 55°05′N 24°32′E / 55.083°N 24.533°E / 55.083; 24.533Coordinates: 55°05′N 24°32′E / 55.083°N 24.533°E / 55.083; 24.533
Country  Lithuania
Ethnographic region Aukštaitija
County Kaunas County flag.png Kaunas County
Municipality Jonava district municipality
Eldership Upninkai eldership
Capital of Upninkai eldership
First mentioned 1422
Population (2001)
 • Total 1,019
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Upninkai is the largest village in Jonava district, Lithuania. It is situated 8 km southwest of Vepriai on the left bank of the Šventoji River. According to the 2001 census, it had population of 1019.[1]

The church in Upninkai


Upninkai was first mentioned in 1442 in the will of Kristinas Astikas who was the first known lord of Upninkai lands.[2] His son Radvila Astikas built the first church there before 1477. The village had a Protestant church from the late 16th century until 1650. During the 17th century, Upninkai competed with Ukmergė for trade and influence.[2] In 1842, the entire town burned down and did not recover. A persistent priest converted surviving former manor's brick granary into the present Neoclassical Roman Catholic church of Archangel Michael.[2] According to the census of 1923, Upninkai had 75 residents. The population grew more than ten-fold between 1970 and 1979, increasing from 67 to 847.[3]


  1. ^ (Lithuanian) Kauno apskrities kaimo gyvenamosios vietovės ir jų gyventojai. Vilnius: Department of Statistics to the Government of the Republic of Lithuania. 2002. p. 38. ISBN 9986-589-85-1. 
  2. ^ a b c (Lithuanian) Kviklys, Bronius (1965). Mūsų Lietuva II. Boston: Lietuvių enciklopedijos leidykla. pp. 365–366. OCLC 3303503. 
  3. ^ (Lithuanian) Jonas Zinkus, et al., ed. (1985–1988). "Zinkus". Tarybų Lietuvos enciklopedija AAA. Vilnius, Lithuania: Vyriausioji enciklopedijų redakcija. p. 383. LCC 86232954.