Facts and numbers

  • Šiauliai district municipality is in the north-west of Lithuania and closely surrounds the city of Šiauliai, also called the capital of northern Lithuania.
  • The territory of Šiauliai district municipality covers the area of 1 807 km2. Data of the Lithuanian Department of Statistics suggests that 41 447 residents were registered in Šiauliai district municipality in the beginning of 2020.
  • There are 10 899 residents in a single town of the district, Kuršėnai (www.kursenai.lt) (2019).
  • Some other small towns: Gruzdžiai, Meškuičiai, Kužiai, Kairiai, Šakyna, Kurtuvėnai, Bazilionai. Some larger settlements: Ginkūnai, Aukštelkė, Bubiai, Raudėnai, Verbūnai, Naisiai, Bridai.
  • The territory of the district is divided into 11 subdistricts.
  • There are 579 villages in the district.
  • The district borders 6 other administrative units: in the northwest – Akmenė, in the northeast – Joniškis, in the west – Telšiai, in the southwest – Kelmė, in the southeast – Radviliškis, and in the east – Pakruojis districts.
  • In the beginning of 2020, 1096 business entities, including 873 small and medium, were operating in Šiauliai district.
  • In the beginning of 2020, 6622 employees were employed.
  • The level of entrepreneurship (number of operating small and medium companies per 1,000 residents) came to 21.07 units in Šiauliai district municipality in the beginning of 2020.
  • There are around 500 objects of protected cultural value.
  • A larger area of the territory of Šiauliai district is the flat area and the landscape is diversified by hills only in the south, where the Samogitian upland starts.
  • The highest area in the district is Girnikai hill situated not far from Bubiai – 183,4 m, whereas the lowest area is Šakynos lowland – 82 m above sea level.
  • Some part of Kurtuvėnai regional park is located within the district.
  • The rivers Venta (41,7 km) and Dubysa (17,2 km) flow in the district.
  • There are 27 natural lakes, water bodies occupy 2,6% of the district area. In total, there are 29 fish species in lakes, rivers and ponds.
  • Forest coverage comes to 31,8%. There are 46 species of small and big animals living in forests and shrublands.