Mažeikiai District Municipality

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Mažeikiai District Municipality
Mažeikių rajono savivaldybė
Landscape near Marškonė
Landscape near Marškonė
Coat of arms of Mažeikiai District Municipality
Coat of arms
Location of Mažeikiai district municipality within Lithuania
Location of Mažeikiai district municipality within Lithuania
Map of Mažeikiai district municipality
Map of Mažeikiai district municipality
Country  Lithuania
Ethnographic region Samogitia
County Telšiai County
Capital Mažeikiai
Elderships 9
 • Total 1,220 km2 (470 sq mi)
Area rank 30th
Population (2001 census)
 • Total 67,300
 • Rank 10th
 • Density 55/km2 (140/sq mi)
 • Density rank 12th
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code LT-89100
Telephone code 443
Major settlements

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.

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Coordinates: 56°15′54″N 22°16′48″E / 56.26500°N 22.28000°E / 56.26500; 22.28000