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Marijampole

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Marijampolė (approximate English transcription [mʌ.rı.ˈjaːm.po.lɛ], simplified Lithuanian transcription [marijāmpolē]) is an industrial town and capital of Marijampolė County in the south of Lithuania, close to the borders to Poland and to Russia (Kaliningrad Oblast) and to Lake Vistytis. Marijampolė has 48,800 inhabitants (2003). It is the Lithuanian center of the Sudovia region.

From 1956 to 1989 the town was officially named Kapsukas, after Vincas Kapsukas, founder of the Lithuanian Communist Party.

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