Welcome to Lithuania!

Where is Lithuania?
What political system is in Lithuania?
What is the capital of Lithuania?
How many people live in Lithuania?
What language do Lithuanians speak?
What is the national currency of Lithuania?  
What's about economical situation of Lithuania?
What Lithuania do on the international scene?
What's about education in Lithuania?
What weather conditions can expect participants of WITFOR 2003?
Where is the venue of WITFOR 2003?

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Where is Lithuania?

Lithuania is in Europe, situated on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea, and covers 65,3 thous. sq. km. It has 99 km of coastline. Lithuania has borders with Latvia (610 km frontier), Belarus (724 km) and Poland (110 km), the Kaliningrad Region of the Russian Federation (303 km).

Consular information

What political system is in Lithuania?

The Republic of Lithuania is a democratic parliamentary republic. Lithuania's national coat of arms is a white Vytis (knight) against a red background. The colours of the state flag are yellow, green and red.

Seimas of Republic of Lithuania (The Parliament)
President of Republic of Lithuania 
Government of the Republic of Lithuania

What is the capital of Lithuania?

The capital is Vilnius. Vilnius region is considered among the best 10 locations of Eastern Europe.

Vilnius city
Vilnius region

How many people live in Lithuania?

The population of Lithuania totalled 3.48 million in 2001. Proportion of urban and rural population is respectively 2.33 and 1.15 million.

What language do Lithuanians speak?

The state language is Lithuanian. This language belongs to the Baltic branch of the Indo-European family of languages and is close to Sanskrit. Lithuanian has retained more of the old vocalic system and more morphological features than any other living Indo-European language.

Virtual Exhibition of a Millennium of Lithuanian Cultural Heritage
Martynas Mazvydas National Library of Lithuania
Museums of Lithuania (English, Francais, Deutsch)

What is the national currency of Lithuania?

"Litas" (Lt) is the national currency unit since June 25, 1993.In 2002 Litas is pegged to the Euro at the rate 3.4528 LT to 1 EUR. The denomination of currency is : 500, 200,100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 Lt (Litas). Coins: 5 Lt, 2 Lt, 1 Lt, 50, 20, 5, 2 and 1 Ct (Centas).

Bank of Lithuania

What's about economical situation in Lithuania?

Lithuania's GDP increased by 6,7% in 2002 (6,5 % in 2001), what indicates the fastest economical growth in the region.

Over the past few years, Lithuania has become an attractive location for foreign investors and a competitive center for product sourcing in the region. The main reasons are a high-skilled, low cost alternative to production in the West.

Department of Statistics
Lithuanian development agency
Lithuanian Free market Institute

Lithuania is among the first countries in Europe that have established strategic partnership with the World Bank in order to assess premises of the Knowledge Economy in Lithuania and to develop a Strategic Plan. 66,3 % of Lithuanian population considers development of information society as the important or even most important motive power of economy development and growth of personal welfare.

Knowledge Economy in Lithuania
Lithuanian Information Society research and surveys

What Lithuania do on the international scene?

Lithuania successfully closed Accession Negotiations with European Union and suppose to join EU in May, 2004. Lithuania also is going to join NATO. Lithuania is an experienced initiator of cross - national dialogue. In 1997 Vilnius hosted the Conference of 11 Presidents of the Eastern and Central Europe, which was recognized as an outstanding initiative for releasing tensions in the region. In 2001 the Lithuanian Government hosted the UNESCO International Conference Dialogue Among Civilizations.

 What's about education in Lithuania?

National compulsory education stipulates that every citizen of Lithuania must receive ten-year general education. People who are willing to study further may complete their secondary, post-secondary and higher education in 13 Universities and Academies. Lithuania boasts Vilnius University, one of the oldest universities in the region of Eastern Europe.

Lithuania's assessment 2001 

Education in Lithuania

Vilnius University

Kaunas University of Technology

What weather conditions can expect participants of WITFOR 2003? 

The climate is maritime/ continental. In August the average temperature is +16.2° C. Absolute maximum temperature - 36°C was registered on 6 August 1992 and -2.9°C stands for absolute minimum temperature, registered in August, 1966. The average August precipitation is 75.6 mm.

Where is the venue of WITFOR 2003?

WITFOR will take place in Vilnius Congress Hall located in the center of the city (Vilnius str. 6/14), just next to Government Building (Gedimino ave. 11), where parallel sessions will be held.

Vilnius map (mainly in Lithuanian)



"WITFOR 2003 White Book is now published"

The final Vilnius Declaration can be read and downloaded here.

To learn more about WITFOR - Vilnius 2003 download the complete brochure

Themes of the Vilnius

For WITFOR 2003 Vilnius, the following have been identi-fied:

1.  Preparing the ground for ICT.
2.  Building the Infrastructure.
3.  Economic Opportunity.
4.  Empowerment and Participation.
5.  Health.
6.  Education.
7.  Environment.
8.  Social and Ethical Aspects.

WITFOR - Vilnius 2003