Jonava Rajong Parish

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Jonavos rajono savivaldybė (Jonava Rajong
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district Kaunas
Coordinates 54 ° 47 '  N , 24 ° 40'  E Coordinates: 54 ° 47 '  N , 24 ° 40'  E
Parish seat Jonava
Biggest cities / towns Jonava (26,715 E)
Rukla (2,376 E)
Upninkai (1,019 E)
Žeimiai (962 E)
Šveicarija (812 E)
Užusaliai (584 E)
Number of cities 1
Number of towns 3
Number of villages 277
Residents 41,819
surface 944 km²
Population density 55.5
prefix +370 349
Ruling party LSDP , LSDDP and LRLS
(16 seats in total)
mayor Mindaugas Sinkevičius
(since April 11, 2019)
Size of the parish council 25 seats
ISO 3166-2 LT-10

The Rajongemeinde Jonava (lit. Jonavos rajono savivaldybė ) is one of 60 self-governing communities in Lithuania , in the Kaunas district . The municipality comprises the core town of Jonava (26,715 inhabitants), the three small towns ( miesteliai ) Panoteriai (399 inhabitants), Rukla (2,376 inhabitants) and Žeimiai (962 inhabitants, mentioned in a document in 1363) and 277 villages, including Upninkai with 1,019 inhabitants. 41,819 inhabitants live in the Rajongemeinde (as of July 2018).


The municipality is located in the lowlands of Central Lithuania . The highest point is the Os Kulva , 117 meters above sea level. The lowest places are in the valleys of the Neris and Šventoji rivers . There are 7 lakes and 4 reservoirs in the district community . The Neris, the Šventoji, the Lankesa (in the northwest), the Širvinta (on the eastern edge of the municipality), the Barupė , the Lietauka and the Lokys flow through the municipality . The Varnaka flows through the city of Jonava , the center of the Rajong municipality .

There are many places with foreign names: Šveicarija (Switzerland) , Paryžius (Paris) , Londonas (London) , Venecija (Venezia) .

The neighboring communities are Kaunas Rajong , Kėdainiai Rajong , Kaišiadorys Rajong (all three in Kaunas District ) and Ukmergė Rajong (in Vilnius District ).


Administrative districts of the Jonava district municipality

Bukonys , Dumsiai , Jonava , Kulva , Rukla , Šilai , Upninkai , Užusaliai , Žeimiai .


The largest forest areas are the Bareišiai forest near Šilai , the Būdų forest and the Gaižiūnai forest (near Kaišiadorys ) and the Pageležiai forest (near Ukmergė ).

There are these state nature and landscape protection areas :


Žeimiai was mentioned in 1319 by Maciej Stryjkowski (1547–1593) in the description of the battle of Gediminas with the Crusader order and 1363 Zeymen in historical sources. In 1364 Sviloniai was mentioned in Crusader chronicles and in 1382 Kulva in the new Prussian chronicle. In 1522 Lipniki and Lipniki Manor were mentioned. The manor belonged to the Skorulski dynasty , which is why the place was called Skaruliai in 1592 . In the middle of the 18th century Kosakovskiai bought the Skaruliai manor. After 1750 the town of Jonava was built on the other bank of the Neris .

Jonava Raion was formed in June 1950 from 14 perimeters from Kaunas District , 8 perimeter from Kėdainiai District , 1 perimeter from Širvintos District, and 4 perimeter from Ukmergė District . From 1950 to 1953 the Rajon belonged to the Kaunas region in Soviet Lithuania . In December 1962 the Jonava Rajon was annexed to the Kaunas Rajon, but was re-established in 1965.

1962, built the Soviet nitrogen fertilizer -Werk G / S Azotas in the village Jonalaukis .

In 1986 the Taurosta road bridge was built over the Neris in Gudžioniai , 2 kilometers from the town of Jonava to connect the chemical company " Azotas " with the village of Laukagaliai and thus the Rajon town.

On March 20, 1989, there was a chemical disaster at G / S AZOTAS. In the Soviet operation about 1,000 liquidators from all over Lithuania , Latvia , Belarus , Russia and Ukraine took part in the elimination of the negative consequences of the Jonava chemical disaster , the largest industrial disaster in Lithuania and one of the major technological disasters in the Soviet Union .

After Lithuania regained independence, there was a municipal reform. In 1995 the Jonava Rajong Municipality was established in the Kaunas District . The Rajongemeinde was divided into administrative districts. The Jonava District is the largest district in the municipality. October 2009 one formed 48 subdistricts ( seniūnaitija ).

Classical swine fever occurred in 2011 in the Šilai farm of the pork company UAB “Beržų kompleksas” and in 2017 there was African swine fever . In 2011 16,000 and in 2017 around 23,464 pigs of the bred landrace were to be killed.


In 1622 the Catholic St. Anne's Church Skaruliai was built. In 1750 the first wooden church was built in Jonava and in 1793 the second Catholic church.

In 1893 3069 Jews (92% of the 3350 inhabitants) lived in the city of Jonava.

In 1932 there were seven synagogues in Jonava. So far, four Orthodox churches (in Užusaliai , Rimkai , Perelozai , Baltromiškė ) have been preserved.

Today's community is predominantly Catholic. The Jonava deanery of the Roman Catholic diocese of Kaunas has eight parishes with eight churches (in the old town Jonava , Skaruliai , Bukonys , Kulva , Panoteriai ) and five chapels (in Žeimiai , Šilai and Šmatai ).


Polyclinic Jonava

The present Jonava Hospital was built in 1971 in Soviet Lithuania . Today there are a total of 8 departments with 105 beds, 4 beds for anesthesiology and resuscitation, 7 beds for day surgery and 25 beds for short-term treatment, 3 beds for general care and palliative care. In addition to the inpatient departments, there is also a consultation outpatient clinic. Doctors from the Medical Academy of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) and Kaunas University Clinics also work here .

Two polyclinics were set up during the Soviet era : Jonavos poliklinika and polyclinic of the Soviet chemical company G / S AZOTAS . On October 1, 1997, the Soviet-Lithuanian City Policlinic became the Jonava Primary Health Care Center (lit. Jonavos pirminės sveikatos priežiūros centras ). G / S AZOTAS also had a prophylaxis , a medical facility for rehabilitation and prevention of occupational diseases . It was on the Neris River near Rukla .

The private facility Achemos poliklinika is a branch of the Achema chemical company. It mainly serves the employees of the subsidiaries of the Lithuanian group Achemos grupė . This polyclinic is also one of many bases for specialist training in occupational medicine from the Medical Academy of the Kaunasser LSMU University.


There are three units of the Lithuanian armed forces and NATO Enhanced Forward Presence in the town of Rukla . There used to be a Soviet military town here with the facilities and units of the Soviet Army of the Soviet Union . The Gaižiūnai military training area has been known in the Russian Empire since the time of the Imperial Russian Army . In Gaižiūnai was Aerodrome Gaižiūnai furnished.

In Gulbiniškiai there was the Gulbiniškiai missile base as a base of the Karmėlava point of the 42nd Missile Regiment of the 58th Missile Division of the 50th Missile Army of the Strategic Missile Forces of the Soviet Union (headquarters in Smolensk , Belarus ). In the Jonava Rajon, the corresponding forestry belonged to the Kaunas military forester . In total, the Soviet military base was 8,000 hectares in Jonava district and around 3,500 hectares in Kaišiadorys district . A total of around 25,000 soldiers were deployed in Jonava Rajon.

The former Soviet and present-day Lithuanian town of Rukla near Jonava is now the largest military base in Lithuania. Numerous units of the Lithuanian armed forces and the NATO Battlegroup Lithuania are stationed here.

Municipal council

In the local elections in Lithuania in 1995 , the conservative party Tėvynės sąjunga (Lietuvos konservatoriai) (TSLK) won the majority (11 of 27 seats). She formed a coalition with the Christian party Lietuvos krikščionių Demokratieų partija (LKDP). The conservator Edmundas Simanaitis became mayor and the Christian Democrat Donatas Juodelė became his deputy.

In the local elections in Lithuania in 2003, the left-wing parties got the majority: the Valstiečių ir Naujosios Demokratieijos partijų sąjunga (VNDSP) 7 seats and the LSDP 6 seats. Accordingly, they formed the government coalition.

In the local elections in Lithuania in 2007 who received Lietuvos Valstiečių liaudininkų sąjunga 7 seats and Order and Justice 5 seats. They formed the government coalition. The mayor was Bronislovas Liutkus (LVLS) and Deputy Mayor Vytas Vaicekauskas ( Order and Justice ).

In 2011 the following parties moved into the municipal council (the number of seats in brackets): Lietuvos socialdemokratų partija (6), Lietuvos valstiečių liaudininkų sąjunga (4), Darbo partija (4), Lietuvos Respublikos liberalų sąjūdis (3), Tvarka ir teisingumas ( 3), Tėvynės sąjunga - Lietuvos krikščionys demokratai (3), Liberalų ir centro sąjunga (2) and Socialistinis liaudies Frontas (2). At that time there were a total of 27 places in the municipal council. In the local council, the young social democrat Mindaugas Sinkevičius (* 1984) was elected mayor (from 2008 to 2009 he was deputy mayor ). The liberal politician Remigijus Osauskas (* 1974), LRLS, became the mayor's deputy.

Since 2015 there are only 25 places (mandates) in the municipal council. 6 parties were represented from 2015 to 2019: LSDP (60% or 15 seats out of 25), Lietuvos Respublikos liberalų sąjūdis (3 seats), Tėvynės sąjunga - Lietuvos krikščionys demokratai (2 seats), Lietuvos valstiečių ir žaliųjų sateąjunga (2 seats), Darbo partija (2), Tvarka ir teisingumas (1). Only the liberal party Lietuvos laisvės sąjunga could not enter the municipal council , as it received only 326 votes. The opposition leader was Remigijus Osauskas, head of the liberal LRLS faction and former deputy mayor .

In March 2015, Social Democrat Mindaugas Sinkevičius was elected mayor of the Jonava Rajongemeinde in the direct elections of the Lithuanian mayors with a majority of 71.20% in the first ballot. In May 2017, social democrat Eugenijus Sabutis was elected mayor of Jonava Rajongemeinde in the second round of repeated elections for Lithuanian mayors , as Sinkevičius resigned in December 2016 before being appointed Minister of Economy of Lithuania ; soon after (October 2017) he resigned from the ministerial office.

In the local elections in Lithuania in 2019 , Sinkevičius was re-elected mayor in the first ballot, but with a significantly weaker majority (57.36%) than in 2015. His party LSDP lost the majority of votes and only got 44.04% (11 seats ). The other positions were distributed as following: Lithuanian Peasant and Greens Union (3) The Election Committee visuomeninis rinkimų komitetas "Su Sinkevičiumi ir Osausku" (3), Tėvynės sąjunga - Lithuanian Christian Democrats (2), Liberal Movement (2), Lietuvos socialdemokratų darbo partija (2) and Darbo partija (1). Two parties ( Order and Justice and Greens Lietuvos žaliųjų partija ) could not move into the municipal council because they only received 389 and 369 votes. On April 11, 2019, the government coalition of LSDP, LSDDP and LRLS was formed. The opposition consists of 3 factions: "Valstiečių ir žaliųjų frakcija", "Auganti Jonava" and Jonavos kraštas . The opposition leader was Arvydas Gasys (* 1962), LVŽS.


Administration of the municipality
person birth death job Political party Term of office
From To
Domininkas Kosakovskis * 1711 1743 official 1740 1743
Marija Kosakovskienė-Zabielaitė * 1704 1776 Landowner 1750 1776
Justinas Mažeika 1919 1920
Boleslovas Romaška * 1865 1927 Shoemaker 1920 1921
Vladislavas Markevičius * 1852 1941 Railroad officials 1921 1924
Aristarchas Jefremovas * 1890 officer 1924 1924
Jokūbas Epstein
Juozas Kaunas * 1870 1936 Teacher 1926 1935
Stasys Eidukaitis * 1900 1944 officer 1935 1937
Dovydas Rozenbergas 1937 1937
Petras Vaitiekūnas * 1891 1946 priest 1937 1940
Kazys Alyta * 1881 1942 officer 1940 1941
Stasys Apanavičius * 1933 1994 CPSU functionary LKP 1966 1973
Talė Stankevičienė * 19 ?? CPSU functionary LKP 1973 1977
Edvardas Prichodskis * 1936 2012 Teacher LKP 1977 1988
Jonas Valys * 19 ?? LKP 1988 1990
Vincentas Pranevičius * 1938 Zoo technician LDDP 1990 1992
Edmundas Gedvila
(Chairman of the Council of Deputies)
* 1943 Milliz lawyer LSDP 1990 1995
Edmundas Simanaitis * 1929 2017 Electrical mechanic TS 1995 1997
Jonas Klemensas Sungaila * 1948 Mechanic, economist LVP 1997 2000
Egidijus Sinkevičius * 1956 economist LCS 2000 2001
Eugenijus Mažūnaitis * 1947 2010 economist LDDP 2001 2003
Bronislovas Liutkus * 1960 Electrical engineer LVŽS 2003 2011
Mindaugas Sinkevičius * 1984 MBA manager LSDP 2011 2016
Eugenijus Sabutis * 1975 Philosopher, lawyer LSDP 12.2016 04.2019
Mindaugas Sinkevičius * 1984 Municipal manager LSDP 04.2019 (2024)

Vice Mayor

  • 1995–1997: Donatas Juodelė (* 1958)
  • 2000–2003: Rimvydas Paškauskas (* 1956)
  • 2003-2004: Edmundas Mulokas (* 1957)
  • 2004–2007: Juozas Storpirštis (* 1947)
  • 2007–2010: Vytas Vaicekauskas (* 1967)
  • 2008–2011: Mindaugas Sinkevičius (* 1984)
  • 2011–2015: Remigijus Osauskas (* 1974)
  • 2015–2017: Eugenijus Sabutis (* 1975)
  • 2017–2019: Erlandas Andrejevas (* 1985)
  • Since 2019: Eugenijus Sabutis (* 1985)

Honorary citizen

Sons and daughters of the church



Catholic churches
Catholic chapels
Orthodox churches

Web links

Commons : Jonava District Municipality  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Jonavos rajone - didžiausias AKM židinys Lietuvoje (Wirtschaftsblatt Verslo žinios )
  2. ^ Website of the Center for Primary Health Care Jonava
  3. ^ Website of the Achemos Polyclinic
  4. Jonavos miškų urėdija tapo senų karinių objektų karalystė ( General Forestry Office of Lithuania )
  5. Po rinkimų Jonavos savivaldybės taryboje sumažės politikų ( Memento of the original from January 5, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (Jurgita Vilčinskienė,, January 5, 2015) @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  6. 2015 elections
  7. Results 2015 ( Memento of the original from March 5, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. ( Local elections in Lithuania 2015 ) @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  8. Elections 2019
  9. History ( Wolost Jonava )
  10. Taurosta