Laisves Avenue 96
Kaunas Castle (13th century).
Kaunas is the center of Kaunas County and the second biggest city in Lithuania with the population of more than 415,700 and the area of 156 sq. km. It was founded in the 12th century and owes its existence to its favourable geographic position. Kaunas is situated in the centre of Lithuania, at the confluence of the two biggest rivers the Nemunas and the Neris, 100 km from the Lithuanian capital Vilnius and 250 km from the port city Klaipeda.
For years Kaunas has been a major center of nation's spiritual resistance and struggle for national identity. For twenty years Kaunas was a provisional capital of Lithuania. The spirit of activity and movement prevails in Kaunas today.
It was not accidental that precisely in Kaunas was the Independence Day, February 16th, first celebrated in 1988, when the liberation movement was beginning to make itself felt. The celebration took place at the Music Theatre square where Romas Kalanta set himself on fire in May, 1972, in protest of the Soviet regime. His name is and will always be the sacred symbol of free spirit and resistance for generations to come. Another significant place for every Lithuanian patriot is the War Museum Garden with the famous "Freedom" sculpture by J. Zikaras, the monument "For Those Who Perished for Lithuania's Freedom " and "The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier".
Kaunas Old Town
Laisves Aleja in the center of the town - the "crown jewel" of Kaunas -
is the main focus of attraction for both inhabitants and tourists. Laisves
Aleja is also the main business area of Kaunas with offices, shops, restaurants,
and banks. It is 1621 m long and declared a non-smoking zone.
There are over twenty-one thousand students at the Universities: Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas University of Technology, Agricultural University, Kaunas Branch of Vilnius University, as well as Kaunas Medical Academy, Institute of Physical Training, Veterinary Academy, Conservatoire, and Kaunas Branch of the Academy of Arts. Besides university education, there are 97 schools of general education, 12 professional (trade) schools and 13 colleges.
Kaunas is the centre of Lithuania's economic life, notable for the spread of industry and quick economic reform. In 1991 Kaunas began the privatisation of its State property for cash or one-off State payments. Annualy Kaunas is expanding its economy. Over 20 000 of local businesses use city advantages for transport and manufacturing activities
The main production sectors in Kaunas are the following:
The majority of
city residents are employed in food, textile, light industries,
furniture and construction material industries as well as in
construction, transportation, retail and the service industries.
Kaunas is an
important transport center with two intersecting transport axes. One of
them connects Lithuania with the countries lying to the South. This is VIA
BALTICA road. The other comes from the East and goes as far as Klaipëda
city. This factor facilitates creating a free economic zone (LEZ) and encouraging
investment. There are plans to build a railway line of the European standart
reaching Kaunas, consequently, major motorways, waterways, airways and railways
would intersect in Kaunas.
friendly relations with many towns and cities. Twinning Agreements are signed
with the city of Vaxjo in Sweden, Vestfold County in Norway, Los Angeles
in the USA, Odense in Denmark, Tartu in Estonia, Bialystok in Poland, Grenoble
in France, Tampere in Finland. Co-operation Agreements are signed with Linkoping
in Sweden, Kreiss Lippe in Germany, Wroclow in Poland, Tiumene in Russia.
Letters of Intent have been prepared for the cities of Brno in Czech Republic,
Belaja Cerkow in the Ukraine, Linz in Austria, Emilia-Romagna region in
Italy. Co-operation with these partners has been in the spheres of democracy
promotion, culture and education, environment protection, health and social
services, tourism and investment promotion and others.
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