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Skyline of Vilkija
Coat of arms of Vilkija
Coat of arms
Vilkija is located in Lithuania
Location of Vilkija
Coordinates: 55°3′0″N 23°35′0″E / 55.05000°N 23.58333°E / 55.05000; 23.58333Coordinates: 55°3′0″N 23°35′0″E / 55.05000°N 23.58333°E / 55.05000; 23.58333
Country  Lithuania
Ethnographic region Aukštaitija
County LTU Kauno apskritis flag.svg Kaunas County
Municipality Kaunas district municipality
Eldership Vilkija eldership
Capital of Vilkija eldership
First mentioned 1364
Granted city rights 1792
Population (2005)
 • Total 2,326
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Vilkija (About this sound pronunciation ) is situated in the Kaunas district municipality, Lithuania. It is located 25 km (16 mi) north-west of Kaunas. It's right on the north side of the river Nemunas, the most important river in Lithuania.


The name of Vilkija originated when people living on the opposite side of Nemunas heard the packs of wolves howling in the surroundings of the place where contemporary Vilkija is situated. From then on, this land is called Vilkija and this name may have been derived from words vilkų gauja meaning a pack of wolves.


During summer and fall 1941, mass executions of 800 Jews was perpetrated by an Einsatzgruppen of Germans and Lithuanian nationalists. Murdered Jews were from Vilkija and nearby villages.[1]

Famous People[edit]

Street in Vilkija
  • Folklorist Antanas Juška (1819–1880) lived in Vilkija 1862-1864.
  • In the end of 1863 one of the revolt leaders Antanas Mackevičius (1828–1863) was captured close to Vilkija and later taken to Kaunas to be executed.
  • Writer Petras Cvirka (1909–1947) studied in Vilkija 1922-1926.