|Coordinates :||55 ° 36 ' N , 26 ° 26' E|
|Area (place) :||8.96 km²|
|Inhabitants (place) :||28,269 (2008)|
|Population density :||3,155 inhabitants per km²|
|Time zone :||EET (UTC + 2)|
|Telephone code :||(+370) 386|
|Postal code :||31001|
Visaginas ( Russian Висагинас ; until 1992 Sniečkus ; Russian Снечкус ) is a city in northeast Lithuania and belongs to the municipality of Visaginas in the Utena district . It was built in 1975 in connection with the construction of the Ignalina nuclear power plant and was initially named after Antanas Sniečkus , the former chairman of the Lithuanian Communist Party. In 1977 it received city rights. After Lithuania regained its independence, the city was renamed Visaginas.;
Visaginas is one of the most important centers for the Russian-speaking minorities in Lithuania. Ethnic Russians made up about 55 percent of the population there in 2005 (the overall Lithuanian average is only 6 percent Russian minority), Belarusians (10% of the population in Visaginas) and Ukrainians (6%) are also represented above average in the city. Ethnic Lithuanians are only a minority in Visaginas with around 16%.
Like the nuclear power plant , the construction of the city according to the present plans remained unfinished. Since the closure of the power plant - which was to be replaced by the planned Visaginas nuclear power plant - in 2009, the job situation in the region has been very critical. The companies have no employees among the city's 2,300 unemployed . For example, the textile company Visatex employs seamstresses from Sri Lanka ; In January 2013 alone, 27 new Sri Lankan women were accepted because the former workers of the nuclear power plant do not want to work for the monthly wage of 1500 Litas .
The city is seen as a social problem, also with regard to the consumption of drugs .
15 km to the northeast is the border triangle Lithuania - Latvia - Belarus . The point is worth seeing, but only accessible with good local knowledge.
sons and daughters of the town
- Julija Domaševa (* 1986), choir director at the Theater Vorpommern
- Vadim Gusev (* 1981), cross-country skier and biathlete
- Alina Orlova (* 1988), singer-songwriter
- Marija Kaznačenko (* 1993), biathlete
- ↑ Viešnios iš ateities - jau Lietuvoje (Rasa Lukaitytė-Vnarauskienė, www.DELFI.lt 2013 m. Rugsėjo 26 d.)