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Dzūkija is a region in Lithuania.
Dzūkija is an ethnographic region in south-eastern Lithuania. It is mainly sparsely populated and forest covered area, stretching north-east from border with 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.
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.