Lithuania.....It's always a pleasure....to expand the horizons!




Blogging always enhances my sphere of influence....

It may be the blog posts...like Mr. Ramesh Sood of heiku heights

The bloggers...like...Joshi Daniel or 

The persons who has introduced me to new things (heiku)...like Valli

And at the end people who visit my blog from all the corners of the globe 
and take me to new territories!

So here it is.... one such place....I have never heard of

But yesterday....got introduced  to Lithuania....by traffic source of my blog!

Great to know about something new ....a new place!

It's always a pleasure....to expand the horizons! 


Lithuania is a country in Northern Europe, the largest of the three Baltic states. It is situated along the southeastern shore of the Baltic Sea, to the east of Sweden and Denmark. It borders Latvia to the north, Belarus to the east and south, Poland to the south, and Kaliningrad Oblast (a Russian exclave) to the southwest. 

Lithuania has an estimated population of 3 million as of 2012, and its capital and largest city is Vilnius. TheLithuanians are a Baltic people, and the official language, Lithuanian, is one of only two living languages (together with Latvian) in the Baltic branch of the Indo-European language family.

For centuries, the southeastern shore of the Baltic Sea was inhabited by various Baltic tribes. In the 1230s the Lithuanian lands were united byMindaugas, who was crowned as King of the Lithuania, creating the first unified Lithuanian state, on 6 July 1253.[6] During the 14th century, theGrand Duchy of Lithuania was the largest country in Europe: present-day BelarusUkraine, and parts of Poland and Russia were territories of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. With the Lublin Union of 1569, Lithuania and Poland formed a voluntary two-state union, the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. The Commonwealth lasted more than two centuries, until neighboring countries systematically dismantled it from 1772 to 1795, with the Russian Empire annexing most of Lithuania's territory.

In the aftermath of World War I, Lithuania's Act of Independence was signed on 16 February 1918, declaring the re-establishment of a sovereign state. Starting in 1940, Lithuania was occupied first by the Soviet Union and then by Nazi Germany. As World War II neared its end in 1944 and the Germans retreated, the Soviet Union reoccupied Lithuania. On 11 March 1990, the year before the break-up of the Soviet Union, Lithuania became the first Soviet republic to declare independence.

Prior to the global financial crisis of 2007–2010 and now in its aftermath, Lithuania has one of the fastest growing economies in the European Union. Lithuania is a member of NATO, the Council of Europe, and the European Union. Lithuania is also a full member of the Schengen Agreement.[7] The United Nations Human Development Index lists Lithuania as a "Very High Human Development" country. Lithuania will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2013.

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