September 28 is taken as the day of the founding of Vilnius, the present capital of Lithuania. The founder of the city was Grand Duke Gediminas who ruled Lithuania in the 14th century and mentioned the city as his ducal seat in letters dated 1323. The legend says that Gediminas founded the city on the confluence of the rivers Neris and Vilnelė after he had a dream about a howling iron wolf - which represented the great history that was waiting for Vilnius.
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On the Gediminas Day, Statistics Lithuania decided to put Vilnius in numbers.

In early 2014, Vilnius city municipality had a population of 539,700, which accounts for 18 percent of all residents in the country. A total of 64.4 percent of Vilnius residents were of working age, 19.3 percent - retired, while children under 16 accounted for 16.3 percent of the population of Vilnius. The city had 298,000 female and 241,700 male residents.

Among other Lithuanian cities, Vilnius stands out with higher income: average monthly after-tax salary paid to employees of companies, institutions and organisations in Vilnius amounted to LTL 2,623 (EUR 760) in 2013, or LTL 391 (EUR 113) above Lithuania's average.

Being the country's cultural centre, Vilnius has a vibrant cultural life. Last year, there were 18 theatres in Vilnius which attracted a total of 656,500 visitors. There are also 23 museums which had 1.1 million visitors in 2013. Tourists from Belarus, Russia, Poland, Germany and Latvia have grown fond of Vilnius - a total of 867,100 guests used accommodation services in Vilnius municipality, of which 81 percent were foreign guests.

Vilnius is also Lithuania's centre of financial and economic potential: Vilnius County GDP in 2012 was LT 43.7 billion (EUR 12.6 billion) and accounted for 38.5 percent of the country's total GDP. The largest city of the country attracts 62 percent of total foreign direct investment in Lithuania.

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