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Dzūkija is a region in Lithuania.
Dzūkija is a cultural region in south-eastern Lithuania. Most of the region is sparsely populated and covered by forests, stretching north-east from the border with the Polish region of Podlaskie. The northern part of the region, however, is the cradle of Lithuanian statehood and includes the current capital Vilnius and previous medieval capital Trakai. Two of Lithuania's five national parks can be found here as well as two of country'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.