Traveling to Lithuania turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Once again I had no expectations when I arrived in the tiny Baltic country, as I knew nothing about it. It tuned out to be an amazing and unique country, which lead my to want to get to know more about it. Here are a few of the interesting facts about Lithuania that I learned there.
19 Interesting Facts about Lithuania
1. The football star Romualdas Marcinkus was the single Lithuanian pilot to serve in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.
2. The name of Lithuania was mentioned for the first time in the Annals of Quedlinburg in 1009. Thats old.
3. According to a study made by a French scientist in 1989, Lithuania is in the geographical center of Europe.
4. Lithuanians were the last nation in Europe to convert to Christianity.
5. The Lithuanian language is more ancient than Greek, Latin, German, Celtic, or the Slav tongues. It belongs to the Indo-European group and is nearest to Sanscrit.
6. Some philologists generally agree that Lithuanian is the most ancient of all the living languages.
7. Lithuania is known as the land of storks, the national bird for the country, with about 13,000 pairs.
8. From a ranking in 2011, Lithuania ranked first worldwide for internet upload and download speed. I can attest to that.
9. Lithuania is expected to join the Euro in 2015.
10. Making vodka from corn was first discovered by the Lithuanians.
11. Easter granny brings the Easter eggs, the bunny just helps paint them.
12. Lithuania was the first to declare independence from the Soviet Union in 1990.
13. Lithuania is the only country in the world with its own official scent, called the Scent of Lithuania.
14. Forest covers 1/3 of the country, including many protected regions and national parks.
15. Basketball is the most popular sport. Several Lithuanians have become NBA players, maybe most famous being Arvydas Sabonis.
16. By the end of the XIV century, Lithuania was the largest country in Europe, and included Belarus and parts of Ukraine.
17. Vilnius University was the first University in the Eastern Europe.
18. Hannibal Lecter from The Silence of the Lambs was born in Lithuania.
19. The mother of Pope John Paul II was of Lithuanian descent.
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