Molėtai District Municipality

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Molėtai District Municipality
Molėtų rajono savivaldybė
Svobiškėlis mound
Coat of arms of Molėtai District Municipality
Coat of arms
Location of Molėtai district municipality within Lithuania
Location of Molėtai district municipality within Lithuania
Country  Lithuania
Ethnographic region Aukštaitija
County Utena County COA.png Utena County
Capital Molėtai
Elderships 11
 • Total 1,368 km2 (528 sq mi)
Area rank 22nd
Population (2017)
 • Total 18,444
 • Rank 48th
 • Density 13/km2 (35/sq mi)
 • Density rank 56th
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Telephone code 383
Major settlements Molėtai (pop. 7,221)

The Molėtai District Municipality is one of 60 municipalities in Lithuania.

Molėtai is known for its many lakes. There are about 220 lakes in the district and they cover about 7% of the total territory. Since it is only about 60 km north of Vilnius, many Vilnians own summer homes there. The area offers many recreational opportunities. It is easy to reach Molėtai because there is a highway connecting Vilnius and Utena which divides the district into two almost equal parts. Since there is little industry, the district is proud of its lack of pollution. The land is not very fertile, therefore the district's government is focused on developing tourism.

Another natural resource of the district are its forests which cover about 26.6% of its territory.

Nature and geography[edit]

Coordinates: 55°12′43″N 25°22′41″E / 55.21194°N 25.37806°E / 55.21194; 25.37806