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Geographical position · Town · The relief and the climate · The honorary citizens

The inhabitants



  The inhabitants
The inhabitants
 

          According to the census of the population of Lithuania, in 2001, 29,5 thsd inhabitants (of them 14 thsd men and 15,5 thsd women) lived in Visaginas. From 1 January 2003, the number of inhabitants increased to approximately 30,000 people after the attachment of new territories to the municipality.

          Visaginas is one of the few in Lithuania, where the level of birth rate is higher than the mortality level. In 2000, 227 children were born in the city, 257 children in 2001, 215 children in 2002 and 316 children in 2003. The number of people, who died in these years, was 170, 183, 160 and 193.

Foto V. Bogdanovič

          Speaking about the special features of Visaginas, it is already traditionally noted that this is a young city with young inhabitants. The number of young people does here considerably exceed the number of people of the pension age group. For example, for inhabitants from 60 years and older, it is 2,491 people, and for young people up to 20 years, it is 8,861, i.e. three and one-half times more than people of old age.

          Another characteristic feature of our city is its multi-nationality. Here live people of more than 35 nationalities, among them Ukrainians, Byelorussians, Poles, Tatars, Germans, Latvians, and Armenians. 52 pct of the inhabitants are Russians. The number of inhabitants of Lithuanian nationality is 15 pct of the total number of inhabitants. Here should be noted the high activity of the urban public associations of national minorities. Numerous national holidays are celebrated during the year in the city: the day of Ukrainian, Byelorussian cultures, and others.

          The young generation of Visaginas wants to obtain higher education. 21 pct of the young people at the age from 20 to 30 years have higher education. A significant number of students enter higher educational institutions. In 2002, the percentage of high school graduates from urban secondary schools was 79 pct, in other schools their percentage varied from 52 to 86.

          A large part of the inhabitants of Visaginas (58pct) manages still at least one more language, besides the native. 21 pct manage two languages, without considering native. Speaking about the study of languages, one should not forget the need of inhabitants to study the State language. For 20 thsd inhabitants, Russian is their native language. Attending the centre of State language studies, inhabitants attempt to improve their knowledge, studying Lithuanian language independently. In 2002, they returned the examination of 246 inhabitants to the category of Lithuanian language.



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