Facts About Visaginas
Visaginas is the centre of Lithuania’s youngest municipality, located on the north-eastern edge of the country.
The surroundings of Visaginas were inhabited by the Selonians. Historical annals first mention the location in 1526.
The settlement was founded in 1975 as Sniečkus, a town for workers at the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant on the shores of Lake Visaginas. It was established in place of four villages that were demolished, the largest of which was known as Visaginas.
Visaginas is twinned with:Braslaw, Belarus; Dagda, Latvia; Lidzbark Warmiński, Poland; Obninsk, Russia; Preobrazhenskoye District, Russia; Slavutych, Ukraine; Slonim, Belarus; Smarhoń, Belarus & Zambrów, Poland.
The Population of Visaginas is 18,024, as of 2020.
Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant which once employed half of the population of Visaginas was closed down as requested by the European Union.
Visaginas has 14 streets.
Originally the aerial view of Visaginas was designed to resemble a butterfly. However, after work on the nuclear power plant was cancelled, so was further construction of the town. Currently Visaginas consists of three residential regions that locals refer to as the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Microdistricts.