Lithuania is a country in Central Europe, one of the three Baltic states, situated at the crossroad between East and West.
Lithuania is the largest of the three Baltic states, covering the area of 65 200 sq. km
Lithuania shares its borders with Latvia, Belarus, Poland, and the Kaliningrad Region of the Russian Federation.
Lithuania holds a 99 km long area of the Baltic Sea coast.
Lithuania is divided into four culturally and linguistically distinct regions: Aukštaitija, Dzūkija, Suvalkija and Žemaitija.
In 1989, a French National Geographic Institute scientist, Jean-Gregoire Affholder, determined that the Geographical Centre of Europe is located in Lithuania, 24 km north from the capital Vilnius.
Since 2004 Lithuania has become a member of EU and NATO, and a part of the Schengen area since 2007.
Population. The population of the Republic of Lithuania is 2.8 million.
Language. The Lithuanian language is the official state language and is recognized as one of the official languages of the European Union. Lithuanian language is one of the two living Baltic languages, along with Latvian. Lithuanian, out of akk Indo-European languages, has best retained the ancient sound system and numerous morphological peculiarities. In this respect, it is very similar to Sanskrit, Ancient Greek and Latin. Studies in the field of comparative linguistics have shown it to be the most archaic living Indo-European language.
Currency. Since 1 January 2015 Euro is the official and only currency in Lithuania.
Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania with a population of around 600,000.
It is a rapidly changing and developing multicultural city with a reputation of one of the safest and friendliest cities in Europe.The fastest growing city in Lithuania with all major political, economic, social and cultural centres. Authentic old town of Vilnius with a unique and diverse architecture is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
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