an ethnographic region in south-eastern Lithuania. It is mainly sparsely populated and forest covered area, stretching north-east from border with [[Poland|Polish]] region of [[Podlaskie]]. The northern part of the region, however, is the cradle of Lithuanian statehood with current capital [[Vilnius]] and two medieval capitals - [[Kernavė]] and [[Trakai]] both located in an area. Two of Lithuanians five national parks can be found here as well as three of countrie's four [[UNESCO World heritage sites]]. Eight regional parks are also established in the region and serve to protect both natural environment and cultural heritage.