|Municipality||Varėna district municipality|
|Capital of||Varėna district municipality
|Granted city rights||1946|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
The town was founded in 1862 near the Warsaw – Saint Petersburg Railway, 4 km (2.5 mi) south of Sena Varėna (Old Varėna). At that time it was a small settlement, but following steady development it eventually became the center of the district. In the interbellum period, following World War I, the town was annexed by Poland, and renamed Orany. It was located near the then Polish-Lithuanian border, in the Wilno-Troki County (Powiat wileńsko-trocki) of the Wilno Voivodeship. In 1939, following the German-Soviet Invasion of Poland, Varėna was returned to Lithuania. In 1946 around 2000 Poles were repatriated to Poland.
Following industrialization in the 1970s, the town grew rapidly. Currently there are 9,240 residents in Varėna. The Varėna district is the largest and most forested region in Lithuania.
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Twin towns — Sister cities
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