Lithuania

Date Joined The European Union

Lithuania joined on May 1, 2004

Countries It Was a Part Of

Russia had control over Lithuania before it claimed its independence

Location

Lithuania is located on the southeastern shore of the Baltic Sea and is north of Poland
The Lithuanian flag was created in 1918 replacing the Vytis. The Soviet Union took control again, outlawing the flag in 1944. Lithuania got it back in 1989.

Capital and Other Major Cities and Tourism

Five of the major cities are Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipeda, Palanga, and Siauliai. Vilnius is a popular tourist place because of its medieval architecture and history. Klaipeda and Palanga are popular for their beaches and boardwalks.

Geographic Features

Lithuania has mostly plains, lakes, and rivers in the country. It's mostly a flat county with the highest hill being 293.8 meters above sea level. Most of the land is water since there is an estimate of 22,000 rivers and streams and almost 3,000 lakes.

Government Type

Lithuania's government is parliamentary republic.

Currency

Before Lithuania switched their currency to euros, they had litas. 1 US dollar would equal 3.05 litas.

Other Facts

  • They have an Easter Granny that delivers the eggs, while the bunny just paints them.
  • Lithuanian language is related to the Greek and Latin languages
  • Hannibal Lecter from Silence of the Lambs was from Lithuania

Citations

"National Flag of Lithuania." Lithuanian Flag. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Dec. 2015.