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10 Interesting facts about Lithuania and the Lithuanian language

For people interested in visiting or curious to learn more about Lithuania and the Lithuanian language, here’s a brief overview for help getting started.

  • 1. Lithuania is home to about 3 million people, is the largest of the Baltic states and has borders with Latvia to the north, Belarus in the southeast, Poland in the southwest corner, Kaliningrad Oblast, a Russian exclave, in the southeast, and across the Baltic Sea is Sweden.  Lithuania regained its independence in 1990.
  • 2. About 4 million people speak Lithuanian, while mostly in Lithuania, other areas with Lithuanian speakers include Belarus, Latvia, Poland, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, the UK, the US, Uruguay, and Spain.
  • 3. The geography of Lithuania stems from being at the edge of the North European Plain, with 33% of the land a mixed forest area along with 2,800 lakes and 816 rivers, the largest being the Nemunas River.
  • 4. Lithuania is known as the land of storks, the national bird for the country with about 13,000 pairs, hence the mythology of storks bringing babies still being a commonly told story in the area.
  • 5. The largest city in Lithuania is Vilnius with over 500,000 people, followed by Kaunas, Klaipeda, Siauliai, Panevezys, Alytus, Marijampole, Mazeikiai, Jonava and Utena.
  • 6. From a ranking in 2011, Lithuania ranked first worldwide for internet upload and download speed.
  • 7. The currency in Lithuania is the Lithuanian Litas (LTL), Lithuania also supports the flat tax rate, with a personal income tax of 21%.  Lithuania is expected to join the Euro in 2015.
  • 8. The cuisine in Lithuania features locally grown ingredients such as barley, potatoes, rye, beets, greens, berries, mushrooms and dairy products.  Popular dishes include Cepelinai, a potato based dumpling dish, Lithuanian cold Borscht, Lithuanian Beef Rolls and others.  Mushroom and wild berry picking can be a popular activity in summer and fall months.
  • 9. Beverages from Ukraine include Alus for beer, Gira (similar to Kvass), Degtine (meaning “the burn”, otherwise known as vodka), Midus (a variety of Mead), Starka and Trauktine, (other vodka varieties).  Making vodka from corn was first discovered by the Lithuanians.
  • 10. There are about 1.5 million visitors or tourists that travel to Lithuania per year.

Have your own networks with others in Lithuania

If you regularly share content or work with people in Lithuania, here are a few benefits you get from using an Odysen solution:

  • Use in your language, including Lithuanian, Russian, Latvian, Polish, Swedish, English and others.
  • Have separate networks for different groups, keeping content focused for each.  This could be having separate networks for different groups of friends, family members, organizations as well as using in professional environments, having separate networks for different clients or customers.
  • Organize content with easy to use folders, add sub-folders to expand and see integrated views in respective parent folders.
  • Within each folder you can add content to the applications, including actions, notes, events, photos, graphics, audio files, office files, videos, websites and blogs.
  • Get started and invite other users for free with the Basic plan.  This includes the ability to add networks, use the applications, and initial storage for your various files.

Learn more about having your own networks with others in Lithuania, including using the applications, languages available, solution examples and relevant blog articles.

| Posted on | June 26, 2013 | Comments Off

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