Ethno-political effects of suburbanization in the Vilnius urban region

An analysis of voting behaviour


  • Rūta Ubarevičienė TU Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Donatas Burneika Vilnius University
  • Maarten van Ham TU Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment



We use electoral data to analyze the ethno-political consequences that may arise from the fact that the region surrounding the city of Vilnius is dominated by residents with a Polish identity, while those who move to the suburbs are mainly ethnic Lithuanians. In the suburban ring we found increasing voting turnout, a decreasing share of votes for the Polish party, and an increase of the absolute number of votes for this party. The changing electoral behavior might be an indicator of growing ethno-political tensions and the zones of the most intense changes identify areas of potential social tensions between ethnic groups.