Mažeikiai District Municipality
|Mažeikiai District Municipality|
Mažeikių rajono savivaldybė
Landscape near Marškonė
Location of Mažeikiai district municipality within Lithuania
Map of Mažeikiai district municipality
|• Total||1,220 km2 (470 sq mi)|
|Population (2001 census)|
|• Density||55/km2 (140/sq mi)|
|• Density rank||12th|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (EET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+3 (EEST)|
Mažeikiai District Municipality (Lithuanian: Mažeikių rajono savivaldybė, Samogitian: Mažėikiu rajuona savivaldībė) is located in the north-west of Lithuania, on the River Venta in Telšiai County. The administrative center of Mažeikiai District is the city of Mažeikiai. Its territory of 1,220.2 km² is composed of 32 km² of towns and settlements, 22 km² of industrial enterprises and roads, 614 km² of agricultural lands, 273 km² of forests, and 68 km² of tracts of other designation. There is one urban and 8 rural elderates. In 2003, the population was 67,393. Of this number, 46,223 live in towns and 21,170 in villages.
It is situated in northern Samogitia. Mažeikiai District borders with the Republic of Latvia in the north, with Akmenė District Municipality in the east, with Telšiai District Municipality in the southeast, with Plungė District Municipality in the southwest and with Skuodas District Municipality in the west. From west to east, Mažeikiai District stretches for 43.5 km, while from north to south – for 38 km. Petraičiai village is the westernmost settlement, with Kalniškiai and Pakliaupė villages being the easternmost settlements. The northernmost is Giniočiai, while the southernmost is Pasruojė.
Mažeikiai District Municipality is one of the more populous administrative district municipalities (municipalities, covering mostly rural regions and smaller towns rather than major cities). The region is crossed by important railway lines: Liepāja (Republic of Latvia) – Šiauliai – Kaunas – Vilnius and Riga (Republic of Latvia) – Mažeikiai – Klaipėda. However, they are currently no longer used for passenger transportation.
Nature and Cultural heritage
The River Venta in Mažeikiai district