19 Interesting Facts about Lithuania

Vilnius, Lithuania
Vilnius, 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 joined the European Union in 2015. The country accepts the Euro as currency.

  10. hill of crosses lithuania facts
    Lithuania’s famous “Hill of Crosses” is located north of ┼áiauliai.
  11. Making vodka from corn was first discovered by the Lithuanians.

  12. Easter granny brings the Easter eggs, the bunny just helps paint them.

  13. Lithuania was the first to declare independence from the Soviet Union in 1990.

  14. Lithuania is the only country in the world with its own official scent, called the Scent of Lithuania.

  15. Forest covers 1/3 of the country, including many protected regions and national parks.

  16. Basketball is the most popular sport. Several Lithuanians have become NBA players, maybe most famous being Arvydas Sabonis.

  17. By the end of the XIV century, Lithuania was the largest country in Europe, and included Belarus and parts of Ukraine.

  18. Vilnius University was the first University in the Eastern Europe.

  19. Hannibal Lecter from The Silence of the Lambs was born in Lithuania.

  20. The mother of Pope John Paul II was of Lithuanian descent.


  1. Sounds like an interesting place! I’m moving to Eastern Europe this summer and Lithuania is near the top of my travel bucket list!

      • Amongst the most anti semitic race on the planet .
        During ww2 the lithuanians wiped out almost an entire Jewish population even before the hated nazis got to them .
        They rounded up the decent God fearing Jewish citizens and in cold blood blood shot them dead . Some were forced to dig their own graves…

        • Are stupid? Lithuania was controlled by Russia during the WWII how could they have killed jews, it was russians who killed the jews

        • How is Lithuania anti semitic and how can you claim lithuanians to be an individual race apart from the rest of europeans to form the white community? Yes, lithuanians did killed many jews (around 190k). Please do understand that it was done not by majority of population, rather by a group of radicals. Also, saying Lithuania is anti semitic nation is wrong. In fact, Lithuania is a partner with Israel now. It would be the same as to say, lithuanians are anti german or russophobic because for most of its history Lithuania was fighting against German nations (Teutonic Order, Livonian Order, Muscovy, to name least).

          • I have not learned that in history lessons. All I’ve learned that Lithuania was occupied by Russia’s dictator, WHOM killed jews. Some lithuanians did helped to kill them, but killing them was not idea of Lithuanians.

        • You’re seriously stupid. As Irmantas said, Lithuania was controlled by russians during the WWII. If you read the facts it even said: “Lithuania was the first to declare independence from the Soviet Union in 1990.” See? Lithuania was overtaken by Russia for 50 years. Even though lithuanians we’re christian, they still helped Jewish people to hide from russians. If lithuanians wouldn’t have helped them then even more of jewish people would have been killed.
          Before you comment such a stupid comment, please make sure that you got your facts right. Because lithuanians never killed jewish people, unless russians forced them to.

  2. Vilnius definitely has an interesting history. Most apparent with its architecture, the mix of gothic, neoclassical and soviet functionalism. It was eerie to learn about the Soviet influence and Jewish history. Though some nice stories like the tunnel from All Saint’s Church to the Jewish ghetto to supply food and supplies.
    We had a great time and can recommend the Vilnius with Locals free walking tour. Uzupis was a great place to hang out.

  3. I am an elderly woman living in California. I have recently been asked by two different men to befriend them on Facebook. They have both professed to be 56 years of age, widowed with children to raise, parents are deceased, no other family; both work on oil rigs, are involved in valuable contracts; have no spendable money, want to meet up immediately and spend the rest of our lives together. Claim to be God-fearing. Within a couple of days, they eventually ask for money in the form of a gift card. They are obviously not Americans. One revealed that he was Lithuanian (thus my interest in this site). They both talk, misspell, use wrong grammar exactly the same. Their Facebook pages show NO friends; they use 50$ instead of $50. They claim not to know what many common American terms mean, such as UPS, catfishing, scamming. One had been removed BY Facebook 3 times, using different names each time and is no longer allowed on Facebook. I think it is possible that these two men may know each other. They might be part of a group to scam women. I would love to be able to notify all women to beware of them. I actually did send a WARNING to the Public about the first scammer and listed the three names he was using. Do you have any information regarding this activity?

    • Miss Coffin, I don’t see how is your story related to this article…The scammers can come from anywhere in the world, including US. It’s your own responsibility to protect yourself in the first place. Why would you accept the friend requests from someone you have never met in your life? (And continue to exchange the information), Facebook is not a dating site , although scammers are even at dating sites… If you want to raise awareness, do that on Facebook, this is not a place..


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