|Height :||97 m|
|Area (place) :||24 km²|
|Community area :||453.9 km²|
|Inhabitants (place) :||14,764 (2011)|
|Population density :||615 inhabitants per km²|
|Inhabitant (municipality) :||24,861|
|Population density :||55 inhabitants per km²|
|Time zone :||EET (UTC + 2)|
|Telephone code :||(+370) 313|
|Postal code :||66119|
in Druskininkai Parish
( Lietuvos socialdemokratų partija )
Druskininkai is located in the historic Dzūkija region , around 130 km southwest of the state capital Vilnius and 40 km north of Hrodna ( Belarus ) on the Memel . The health resort is known for its scenic location in the middle of moraine hills in a forest landscape . The Ratnyčia flows through the town .
The city of Druskininkai has 14,764 inhabitants (2011), of which 88.94% Lithuanians (13,132), 4.14% Poles (612), 3.58% Russians (530), 1.7% Belarusians (251), 0, 46% Ukrainians (69) and 1.15% other (170).
The city's name comes from the Lithuanian word druska , which means 'salt'. As early as 1794, King Stanislaus August Poniatowski named Druskininkai a sanatorium by decree. In 1837 Tsar Nicholas I made it a city and the first sanatorium for officials of the Russian Empire was built. The Lithuanian composer and painter Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (1875–1911) also spent his childhood in the city.
Not far from Druskininkai is Grūtas Park , an open-air museum with dismantled statues and monuments of the Soviet era ( Soviet Lithuania ). Girios aidas is a forest museum and an environmental information center of the Druskininkai Forest District .
sons and daughters of the town
- Jacques Lipchitz (1891–1973), French artist (sculptor)
- Marian Turski (* 1926), Polish journalist and Auschwitz concentration camp survivor
- Viliumas Malinauskas (* 1942), winner of the Harvard Alternative Nobel Prize
- Saulius Pečeliūnas (* 1956), politician, member of the Seimas
- Donatas Morkūnas (* 1957), Lithuanian politician, member of the Seimas
- Laima Liucija Andrikienė (* 1958), Lithuanian politician, member of the European Parliament
- Juozas Galdikas (* 1958), Lithuanian vascular surgeon and politician, minister
- Almantas Savonis (* 1970), Lithuanian handball player
- Romas Kirveliavičius (* 1988), Lithuanian-Austrian handball player
Honorary Citizen of Druskininkai
- Vytautas Kazimieras Jonynas (1907-1997), artist
- Justinas Karosas (1937–2012), philosopher and politician
- Bronislovas Lubys (1938–2011), entrepreneur and politician, Prime Minister of Lithuania
- Viliumas Malinauskas (* 1942), museum director and founder, winner of the Harvard Alternative Nobel Prize
- Baltic States, Lithuania-Latvia-Estonia, DuMont Reiseverlag 2005, ISBN 3-7701-3368-4 , p. 93
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