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Skyline of Joniškis
Flag of Joniškis
Coat of arms of Joniškis
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Joniškis is located in Lithuania
Location of Joniškis
Coordinates: 56°14′0″N 23°36′0″E / 56.23333°N 23.60000°E / 56.23333; 23.60000Coordinates: 56°14′0″N 23°36′0″E / 56.23333°N 23.60000°E / 56.23333; 23.60000
Country  Lithuania
Ethnographic region Aukštaitija
County Šiauliai County
Municipality Joniškis district municipality
Eldership Joniškis eldership
Capital of Joniškis district municipality
Joniškis eldership
First mentioned 1526
Granted city rights 1616
 • Mayor Gediminas Čepulis
Population (2011)
 • Total 9,900
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Joniškis church

Joniškis (About this sound pronunciation ) is a city in northern Lithuania with a population of about 11,150. It is located 40 kilometers north of Šiauliai and 14 kilometers south of the Lithuania–Latvia border. Joniškis is the municipal and administrative center of Joniškis district municipality.

With the Church of the Accession of the Holy Virgin Mary (founded in 1901) and a complex of Jewish synagogues at its centre, the city has the status of an architectural heritage site.[citation needed]

Joniškis has a Culture Centre, a local venue for music and theatre events.

A railway line connecting Riga and Šiauliai runs along the western boundary of the city. West of the railway, the city’s allotment gardens and the Lutheran and Victims of World War II cemeteries are located. Joniškis hosts the Jonas Avyžius Public Library of Joniškis District Municipality.


Joniškis is the Lithuanian name of the city. Versions of the name in other languages include Polish: Janiszki, Russian: Янишки Yanishki, Belarusian: Яні́шкі Yanishki, Yiddish: יאנישאק Yanishok, German: Jonischken, Latvian: Jonišķi


Joniškis was established in the beginning of XVI century. For the first time in written sources it was mentioned on 23rd February 1536, when bishops of Vilnius and Medininkai visited Kuršas borders and found that pagans still existed in the area. People were worshiping God of Thunder (Perkūnas), fire, snakes and other pagan deities. The bishop of Vilnius, Jonas baptized all the locals and on 23rd February 1536 the new parish was established. A wooden church was build and the town of Joniškis was built around it. Bishop of Vilnius gave the town its name Joniškis that originated from his name Jonas. Joniškis was on the crossroad of important trade roads.[1]

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Joniškis is twinned with seven cities:[3]


  1. ^ Joniškis. Mūsų Lietuva, T. 3. Bostonas: Lietuvių enciklopedijos leidykla. 1966. p. 58. 
  2. ^ Special to The New York Times (1973-11-27). "Laurence Harvey, Screen Actor, Is Dead at 45 - Attained Stardom With Role in 'Room at the Top' The Screen's Perfect Cad Enigmatic Flamboyance Was Also in 'Butterfield 8 and 'Manchurian Candidate' An Arrogant Manner - Article -". Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  3. ^ "International Relations". Retrieved 29 April 2014. 

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