Looking to boost your local knowledge before you embark on a new way of life or a holiday of a lifetime? Take a look at these 24 interesting facts about Lithuania!
- Lithuania is a beautiful country in Eastern Europe.
- Actually, it’s the southernmost European Baltic state, don’t you know?
- It is bordered by Latvia to the north, Belarus to the east and south and Poland and Russia to the southwest. It also has a coastline along the Baltic Sea to the west.
- A former Soviet Republic, Lithuania gained independence in 1990.
- Whether you’re looking for a wildlife adventure or you’d just like to meet the Easter Granny, follow the coordinates 55.0000° N, 24.0000° E to find yourself in Lithuania!
- Lithuania’s terrain is mostly made up of fertile lowlands and small lakes, with around 1/3 of the country covered in forest – stunning!
- In fact, there are around 6,000 lakes in Lithuania!
- The total land area of Lithuania is 25,212 square miles (65,300 square kilometres)…
- …that’s around 3/4 the size of Scotland.
- Lithuania’s population was 2.794 million in 2020…
- …that’s just over half the population of Scotland.
- Residents here are known as Lithuanians.
- The capital is Vilnius; it covers an area of 155 square miles (401 square kilometres) and had a population of 544,386 in 2016.
- Lithuanians enjoy a climate that transitions between maritime and continental, with wet, moderate weather all year round.
- The official language of Lithuania is… Lithuanian! Shocking, eh? Polish and Russian are also spoken here.
- As part of the European Union, the official currency of Lithuania is the Euro.
- The average life span here is 74.67 years (2017).
- The Stork is the national bird of Lithuania.
- Apparently, Lithuania has the highest number of hot air balloons per capita of any country in the world!
- Forget the Easter Bunny – it’s believed that the Easter Granny delivers Easter eggs in Lithuania!
- Lithuania is the only country in the world to have an official scent! Bet you didn’t know that?
- This pretty country grows potatoes, grains, flax and sugar beet; they also rear cattle and catch fish.
- Its industry consists of textiles, clothing, chemicals and the manufacture of electric motors, television sets, refrigerators, freezers and metal cutting machine tools.
- Lithuania exports textiles and clothing, machinery and equipment, chemicals and mineral products.
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