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Lithuania, (Lietuva) is one of the three Baltic republics. Situated on the Baltic coast, the country is a lively, dynamic and unusual destination, and it well deserves a visit, either to taste the cultural ferments of its capital and to admire its beautiful landscapes immersed in a magic atmosphere.



Vilnius (553 232 in 2003)


65.200 km²


3.436.561 in 2005




1 Euro = 3.45 Lita
1 Lita = 0.29 Euro

Time zone



The official language is Lithuanian. Russian and English are spoken.


Catholic, Lutheran and Orthodox

Entry requirements

Neither passport nor visa (for tourist purposes) is required for European citizens of the Member States. A valid identity card is sufficient. Most of European driving licenses are accepted.

Travelling with pets

Small sized pets like cats, dogs and ferrets must travel with animal passport (in force since 2004) and have an identification microchip or tattoo. Also, they must be vaccinated against rabies. For more info visit the website: (Veterinary and food board).

Health and safety

Both private and public health structures are generally lower than the European standards. Medicaments are easily available. No vaccination is required. It is advisable to bring the magnetic card for health assistance. General safety is good, there are no particular danger zones.


Lithuania has a continental cold climate. Winters are cold, with temperatures going down several degrees below zero, while summers are short and chilly (temperatures hardly rise over 20°C).

Form of government

After the proclamation of independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, the Country became a parliamentary Republic.


After a deep economic change, Lituania can boast today quite a lively economy. The most important sectors are furniture, textile industry and food processing.


Voltage: 220 V, frequency 50 Hz. It is advisable to bring an adapter.

Posts, banks and telephone

èost offices are open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 18 am, and they also stay open on Saturday. Banks are open from 9 am to 17 pm Monday to Friday. Some banks stay open also on Saturday from 9 am to 13 pm.
Mobile phone coverage is excellent
Country code: 00370
Useful numbers:
Emergency numbers: 112