This is Lithuania
The past of Lithuania can tell an impressive story about a forgotten empire stretching from the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea.
The capital Vilnius is a wealth of steeples and church towers reminding the visitors of the nation’s history. The Old Town of Vilnius is known as a beautiful Baroque city, but you will also find Gothic, Renaissance and Art Nouveau styles.
The modern part of Vilnius offers shopping, restaurants, hotels, theatre, culture, museums and entertainment for any taste and age.
The Lithuanian countryside is flat and in the southern part you will find rare virgin forests.
Facts about Lithuania
Lithuania has an area of 65,300 sq. km which makes it the largest of the three Baltic States.
The country has 758 rivers longer than 10 km and the largest river is Nemunas of which 475 km of its 934 km runs in Lithuania. The river starts south of Minsk in Belarus, passes Vilnius and ends in the Curonian lagoon. Furthermore, Lithuania has 2.830 lakes with a surface of more than 0.5 ha.
30% of the country is covered with forests. At the Baltic Sea the Curonian lagoon and spit is situated. Here visitors can experience the forces of nature which have created the spit and the unique sandy dunes.
Lithuania has a population of 3.5 million inhabitants and around 68% live in the large cities. The ethnic composition is 83.4% Lithuanians, 6.7% Poles, 6.3% Russians, 1.3% Belarussians, 0.7% Ukrainians and 1.6% from other nationalities.
The dominating religion is Roman Catholic with almost 80%. The Russian Orthodox religion represents around 4% of the population.
The largest cities in Lithuania apart from Vilnius are Kaunas, Klaipeda, Sialiai and Panevezys.