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Church in the town
|Municipality||Šalčininkai district municipality|
|Capital of||Šalčininkai district municipality
|Granted city rights||1956|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
Šalčininkai ( pronunciation (help·info), Polish: Soleczniki, Yiddish: סאָלעטשניק Solechnik, Belarusian: Салечнікі) is a city in Vilnius County, Lithuania, situated south-east of Vilnius, near the border with Belarus.
Šalčininkai received its city rights in 1956 and is now a capital of the Šalčininkai district municipality. Šalčininkai features a multi-ethnic population of Poles (72%), Lithuanians (13%), Russians (7%), Belarusians (4%). Šalčininkai contains the highest percentage number of Poles of any city in Lithuania. The city's coat of arms, designed by Arvydas Každailis, shows three hazelnuts symbolizing solidarity of the population. Polish pole vaulting Olympic champion Władysław Kozakiewicz was born in the town.
Twin towns - Sister cities
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