Interesting Facts About Lithuania

  • Lithuania is situated in Eastern Europe, between Latvia and Russia, and stands bordered by the Baltic Sea, Belarus and Poland.
  • During the medieval period Lithuania was a powerful state and parts of Poland, Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine lied within its territories. So by the end of the XIV century, Lithuania was the largest country in Europe.
  • The First Lithuanian Book was published in 1547.
  • Lithuania is one of countries that make up the ‘Baltic States’.
  • Lithuania was the first Soviet republic to declare independence from the USSR.
  • The Geographical Centre of Europe is 26 km to the North of Vilnius as it was found by The National Institute of Geography in France.
  • Vilnius University was the first University in the Eastern Europe.
  • Vilnius has a number of well-preserved examples of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture.
  • The mother of Pope John Paul II was of Lithuanian descent.
  • Lithuania’s Hill of Crosses is a significant pilgrimage site where the devout go to pray and add their crosses to the thousands that have been left by other pilgrims before.
  • A popular traditional Lithuanian dish is Cepelinai, this is an oval shaped potato dumpling filled with ground meat, cheese or mushrooms.
  • Bread Lithuanian’s love bread. You’ll find many varieties, including bread filled with dried fruits, spices, nuts, or potato.
  • Lithuanian national bird is Stork.
  • Basketball is the most popular sport in Lithuania, called second religion of the country.
  • Before the financial crisis of 2007–2010, the Lithuanian economy was considered to be one of the fastest growing in the European Union.
  • As per the Speedtest.net website, as of 30 October 2011 Lithuania enjoys the fastest internet upload and downloads speed.

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