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Municipal office
Municipal office
Coat of arms of Širvintos
Coat of arms
Širvintos is located in Lithuania
Location of Širvintos
Coordinates: 55°2′10″N 24°58′10″E / 55.03611°N 24.96944°E / 55.03611; 24.96944Coordinates: 55°2′10″N 24°58′10″E / 55.03611°N 24.96944°E / 55.03611; 24.96944
Country Lithuania
Ethnographic regionAukštaitija
CountyVilnius County flag.svg Vilnius County
MunicipalityŠirvintos district municipality
EldershipŠirvintos eldership
Capital ofŠirvintos district municipality
Širvintos eldership
First mentioned1475
Granted city rights1950
 • Total6,197
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

Širvintos (About this soundpronunciation ) (Polish: Szyrwinty) is a city in Vilnius County in the eastern part of Lithuania. It is the administrative center of the Širvintos district municipality.[1]

The word Širvintos is the plural form of the name of the Širvinta River, which flows through the city.

Its alternate names include Shirvintay, Shirvintos, Širvintai, Širvintar, Širvintų, and Szyrwinty (Polish).[1]


Before World War II, the town had an important Jewish community representing one-third of the total population.[2] In September 1941, Jews of the town are murdered in mass executions perpetrated by Germans and Lithuanian collaborators.[3]

Since 2010, the city started expanding and renovated the city center which improved its image and popularity.


  1. ^ a b United States Board on Geographic Names – Lithuania – Širvintos. Accessed January 24, 2014.
  2. ^ "Preserving Our Litvak Heritage, Volume II (Pages 166-177)". jewishgen.org. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
  3. ^ "המכון הבין-לאומי לחקר השואה - יד ושם". yadvashem.org. Retrieved July 15, 2017.