Lithuania is a Northeastern European country which combines what is regarded as Scandinavian - progressive, orderly, clean, natural and attractive, as well as what is regarded as Eastern European – new, rapidly developing, on the rise, and as yet undiscovered. Sometimes called a Northern, and sometimes an Eastern European country, Lithuania is an authentic combination of Northern and Eastern features.
Lithuania is one of EU’s economic recovery leaders in 2010. Hit by the global economic recession, Lithuania’s economy started again growing already in the 3rd quarter of 2009, demonstrating the steepest quarterly increase across the European Union.
Lithuania is the European Union’s prime transport centre. The European Union has recognized Lithuania as the prime transport centre in the region linking the EU with the East.
Lithuania is a country with the capital city breathing Europe’s cleanest air and recognized greenest among the new EU-members. Vilnius tops the category of the European major cities breathing the cleanest air. In the overall ranking category Vilnius, standing No. 13, is the greenest capital among the new EU members.
Lithuania is ranked as having one of the highest qualities of life among more than 190 countries around the globe. In the International Living 2010 Quality of Life Index, Lithuania is ranked 22nd in the world by criteria which consist of nine categories: cost of living, culture and leisure, economy, environment, freedom, health, infrastructure, safety, risk, and climate.
Lithuania has unique nature with 22,000 rivers and rivulets, about 3,000 lakes, a clean seaside and 4 UNESCO World Heritage masterpieces. Lithuania is sometimes called “the land of lakes” and attracts tourists looking for a vacation in the clean and calm countryside. Also, the country welcomes those who want to explore unique natural as well as urban treasures and the deeply rooted Baltic culture and customs.
Lithuania has the best-educated people in Central and Eastern Europe. There are 23 universities and 23 colleges with a total enrolment of 201,000 students; 35 science institutes. It is one of the most multilingual peoples in the EU – among five EU countries with the highest percentage of people speaking at least one foreign language (mostly English, Russian and Polish).
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