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Church in the town
Church in the town
Coat of arms of Šalčininkai
Coat of arms
Šalčininkai is located in Lithuania
Location of Šalčininkai
Coordinates: 54°19′0″N 25°23′0″E / 54.31667°N 25.38333°E / 54.31667; 25.38333Coordinates: 54°19′0″N 25°23′0″E / 54.31667°N 25.38333°E / 54.31667; 25.38333
Country  Lithuania
Ethnographic region Dzūkija
County Vilnius County
Municipality Šalčininkai district municipality
Eldership Šalčininkai eldership
Capital of Šalčininkai district municipality
Šalčininkai eldership
First mentioned 1311
Granted city rights 1956
Population (2005)
 • Total 6,644
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Šalčininkai (About this sound pronunciation , Polish: Soleczniki, Yiddish: סאָלעטשניקSolechnik, 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%).[1] 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.

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  1. ^ Soleczniki at Nowe Miasto Lubawskie official website