Vilnius Celebrates German Unity Day with German Language Street Plaque in City Centre

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On October 3, 2015, Vilnius Municipality unveiled the seventh and most recent instalment of its foreign language street art series, by unveiling a plaque in German on German Street (DE: Deutsche Strasse/LT: Vokiečių gatvė) in the heart of the city’s Old Town. The unveiling also coincided with German Unity day. Vokiečių gatvė was mentioned in written texts in 1576, but Read more

Project “Implementing the Model for Provision of Youth-friendly Health Care Services in Vilnius City Municipality”

On 7 September 2015, Vilnius city municipality together with its partners began the realisation of the project „Implementing the Model for Provision of Youth-friendly Health Care Services in Vilnius City Municipality“. The project is funded according to the measure “Improving the Accessibility and Quality of Youth-friendly Health Care Services in Municipalities by Implementing the Model for Provision of Youth-friendly Health Read more

Jewish Street in The Heart of Vilnius Decorated With Hebrew and Yiddish Title

The sign on Jewish Street

On September 20, Vilnius Municipality unveiled the latest instalment of its foreign language street art series, by unveiling a plaque in Hebrew and Yiddish on Jewish Street (Žydų gatvė), which can be found in the former Jewish quarter in the heart of the Lithuanian capital’s Old Town. “I would like to thank our Jewish community for the role that it has Read more

Vilnius Celebrates Over 600 Years of Tatar History Through Decorative Street Sign

The street art unveiled on Tatar Street

On September 15, the City of Vilnius celebrated over 600 years of friendship with its ethnic Tatar community by unveiling a piece of Tatar language street art on Tatar Street (“Totorių g.”) in the centre of the Lithuanian capital. Also known as Lipka or Lithuanian Tatars, the Tatars are a Sunni Muslim community who have resided in Lithuania since the Read more

Vilnius Outscores Stockholm and Copenhagen to be Named Happiest City in European Union

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According to a 2015 Eurostat report by the European Commission, Vilnius is happiest capital city in the European Union with 98 percent of residents declaring themselves satisfied with life in the Lithuanian capital. Vilnius narrowly pipped Stockholm and Copenhagen who scored 97 percent each. “We are currently the happiest city in Europe, and in the future, my wish is for Read more

Vilnius Municipality Invites Foreign Private Investors to Participate in Public Tender for Sports Complex

The future site for the multipurpose sports complex in in Šeškinė

September 6 saw Vilnius Municipality take an important step in the development of a multipurpose sports complex in Šeškinė by announcing a public tender open to Lithuanian and foreign private investors. With the assistance of the Lithuanian State Department of Sports and Physical Education, the Municipality will co-fund the project through a public-private tender, based on the ‘Design-Build-Finance-Operate’ model. The Read more

Russian and Polish heritage celebrated by open and friendly Vilnius

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On Sunday September 4, Vilnius Municipality unveiled street signs in Russian and Polish on Russian Street (Русская Улица) and Warsaw Street (ulica Warszawska) respectively. The two signs are the latest in a series of foreign language street signs in the Lithuanian capital. The first to be revealed was Iceland Street earlier in 2016, to celebrate Iceland being the first country Read more

Vilnius Municipality to temporarily halt roadworks from September 1st

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Vilnius Municipality has confirmed that all roadworks in the city will be suspended from September 1st–16th, 2016. The decision was taken to reduce congestion and disruptions to the journeys of residents returning to work, school, and university after the summer. Between June–August 2016, the municipality repaired around 40 kilometres of streets and pavements in Vilnius. Repairs were made to improve Read more

Jewish gravestones used by Soviets to build generator returned to cemetery

Recovered Jewish gravestones from the generator on Olandu gatve

August 23, 2016, saw Vilnius Municipality return the gravestones used to construct an electricity and heating generator during the Soviet-era, to the hill of the old Jewish cemetery on Olandų Street. The generator was built between 1965-1968 when Lithuania was part of the Soviet Union. The stones used to build the generator were plundered by the local Soviet authorities from the Read more

10 new parks and infrastructure upgrades planned for Vilnius’ most populated districts

An architect's sketch of the upgrades

During an event in Vilnius Municipality on July 18, 10 architects presented their plans for 10 new parks and infrastructure upgrades, which are scheduled to be built in the city’s 10 most populated districts. The districts planned for refurbishment are: Antakalnis, Naujioji Vilnia, Naujamiestis, Pilaitė, Naujininkai, Fabijoniškės, Pašilaičiai, Karolinškės, Šeškine, and Lazdynai. The work will include improving the appearance of Soviet-era Read more

Renovation works promise to turn Lukiškės Square into democratic space

Remigijus Šimašius speaking about reconstruction of Lukiskes Aikste

Vilnius Municipality has promised that regeneration of Vilnius’ Lukiškės Square will see it become a “democratic space” for the city. Since its construction in the 19th century, Lukiškės has acted as the main square in Vilnius and been a key part of the city’s evolution from Tsarist times to the present day. Over the years it has always been a Read more

Vilnius Municipality signs resolution against Old Town reconstruction work

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Vilnius Old Town [Photo by: Saulius Žiūra] On July 5 2016, Vilnius Municipality signed a resolution, which disallows the reconstruction of a number of old buildings in the city’s Old Town. Some of the Old Town’s residents feared the construction work would spill over into a number of public spaces and squares, thus putting them at risk. Following the July 5 council Read more