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Lithuania

A Baltic State

lithuaniaLocated on the Baltic coast to the north of Poland and south of latvia, Lithuania is emerging as a great destination and an active participant in the European community after years behind the 'iron curtain'.

Its capital, Vilnius, near the Belarus border, is known for its medieval Old Town, subsequent Gothic, Renaissance and baroque architecture, and its 18th-century cathedral. Hilltop Gediminas' Tower, a symbol of the city and the nation, offers sweeping views.

In the fourteenth century, Lithuania included present-day Belarus, Ukraine and parts of Poland and Russia making it one of Europe's largest countries. After World War II, it became part of the Soviet Union and is now enjoying his own independence although its allied more with Europe then Russia.

Vilnius with a population of some 546,700 is the capital and largest Lithuanian city with Kaunas, Klaipėda, Šiauliai and Panevėžys having over 100,000 in population. This gives Lithuania more of a small town feel compared to the worlds larger cities with teeming millions.

Climate

Being in Northern Europe, it's relatively cool with average temperatures on the Baltic coast range between -2.5 °C in winter and 20 °C in summer. In Vilnius the average temperatures are -6 °C in winter and 20 °C in summer. Like most countries there are extremes, with summer peaks at 30 or 35 °C with -20 °C almost every winter with -43 °C reported in the east of Lithuania.

These two travel clips on Lithuania overlap a little,
but serve as a good introduction to the country.
Olialia Pupytes
The group "Olialia chicks" (in Russian speaking countries known as the "Olialia Kroshki")
is now probably the most popular girl group in Lithuania and
they often appear in Latvia, Ukraine and Russia.

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