Kaunas

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Kaunas
City
Top to bottom, left to right: Kaunas Castle, House of Perkūnas, Kaunas Town Hall, Kaunas Reservoir, Our Lord Jesus Christ's Resurrection Basilica and Church of Saint Michael the Archangel
Flag of Kaunas
Flag
Coat of arms of Kaunas
Coat of arms
Nickname(s): Laikinoji sostinė, Heart of Lithuania, The Little Paris of interwar[1]
Motto(s): Diligite justitiam qui judicatis terram
(Latin: Cherish justice, you who judge the earth[2])
Location of Kaunas
Location of Kaunas
Coordinates: 54°53′50″N 23°53′10″E / 54.89722°N 23.88611°E / 54.89722; 23.88611Coordinates: 54°53′50″N 23°53′10″E / 54.89722°N 23.88611°E / 54.89722; 23.88611
Country Lithuania
County Kaunas County
Municipality Kaunas city municipality
Capital of Kaunas County
First mentioned 1361
Granted city rights 1408
Elderships
Government
 • Type City council
 • Mayor Visvaldas Matijošaitis
Area
 • City 157 km2 (61 sq mi)
 • Metro 8,089 km2 (3,123 sq mi)
Elevation 48 m (157 ft)
Population (2018-01-01)
 • City 312,120
 • Density 1,935/km2 (5,010/sq mi)
 • Metro 570,163
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 44xxx - 52xxx
Area code(s) (+370) 37
GDP (nominal),
Kaunas county[3]
2015
 - Total €7.4 billion
 - Per capita €12,700
Website www.kaunas.lt

Kaunas, also known by several other names, is the second biggest city in Lithuania and used to be a temporary capital. Kaunas is found at the point where the two biggest Lithuanian rivers, the Nemunas and the Neris, meet. It is also near the Kaunas Lagoon, the largest body of water in Lithuania.

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