Ignalina

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Ignalina
City
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Coat of arms of Ignalina
Coat of arms
Ignalina is located in Lithuania
Ignalina
Ignalina
Location of Ignalina
Coordinates: 55°21′0″N 26°10′0″E / 55.35000°N 26.16667°E / 55.35000; 26.16667Coordinates: 55°21′0″N 26°10′0″E / 55.35000°N 26.16667°E / 55.35000; 26.16667
Country  Lithuania
Ethnographic region Aukštaitija
County Utena County COA.png Utena County
Municipality Ignalina district municipality
Eldership Ignalina town eldership
Capital of Ignalina district municipality
Ignalina town eldership
Ignalina rural eldership
First mentioned 1810
Granted city rights 1950
Government
 • Mayor Henrikas Šiaudinis
Population (2015)
 • Total 5,635
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Website https://www.ignalina.lt/

Ignalina (About this sound pronunciation ) is a city in eastern Lithuania, famous for the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant in nearby Visaginas. It is said that Ignalina name got its name from Ignas and Lina, two lovers with quite popular Lithuanian names. According to the 2011 census, it had 6,007 residents, to 2015 census - 5,635 residents[1]

History[edit]

Even though there is archeological evidence that people lived in Ignalina area in the Stone Age, Ignalina was mentioned only in 1810. It started to grow only after the Warsaw – Saint Petersburg Railway was built in 1866. It is regarded as one of the new industrial cities. However, nowadays it is known more as a tourist destination in the Aukštaitija National Park.

Before World War II Ignalino was part of Second Polish Republic and was situated in the Święciany County of the Wilno Voivodeship. From 1939 Ignalina was capital of Ignalina eldership. More than half of the population was Jewish, 1200 people before the Holocaust.[2] During WWII, in 1941, Jews were imprisoned in a ghetto and exploited through forced labour. They are later murdered in mass executions.[3][4][5]

In 1950 city become a capital of Ignalina District Municipality in Vilnius County. In 1995 Ignalina District Municipality become a part of Utena County.

Sports[edit]

Lithuanian Winter Sports Center is located in Ignalina near Šiekštys or Žaliasis (Green) Lake.

Ignalina used to be the main ski jumping venue in Lithuania until the 1970s when this sport was stopped in the country.[6]

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