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Dzūkija is an ethnographic a cultural region in south-eastern Lithuania. It Most of the region is mainly sparsely populated and forest covered areaby forests, stretching north-east from the border with the [[Poland|Polish]] region of [[Podlaskie]]. The northern part of the region, however, is the cradle of Lithuanian statehood with and includes the current capital [[Vilnius]] and two medieval capitals - [[Kernavė]] and [[Trakai]] both located in an area. Two of Lithuanians Lithuania's five national parks can be found here as well as three of countriecountry's four [[UNESCO World heritage sites]]. Eight regional parks are also established in the region and serve to protect both the natural environment and cultural heritage.
As in the rest of Lithuania, the official language is Lithuanian. However, in some parts of the region Polish is widely used due to the significant number of ethnic Poles living in the area.
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