Lithuania

Facts about Lithuania

  • Lithuanian is one of the oldest language in the world today. This language is one of the oldest living Indo-European language of Europe.
  • Once in the Middle Ages (15th century), Lithuania was the largest state in the entire continent of Europe
  • Lithuania is the only Baltic country with more than eight hundred years of statehood tradition and its name was first mentioned one thousand years ago, in 1009.
  • The Constitution of Poland-Lithuania together with the French Constitution, both adopted in 1791, were the first constitutions in Europe (The Polish-Lithuanian constitution was adopted a few months earlier than the French).
  • There is an oak in Lithuania that has survived The Crusades. The Stelmuze oak is the oldest tree in Europe…
  • Modern Lithuania gained its independence from Russia in 1918 following World War I and the dissolution of the Czarist monarchy.
  • On 11 March 1990, Lithuania became the first of the Soviet republics to declare its independence
  • One of the most famous Lithuanian dishes is Cepelinai. It was named so because of its oval shape which resembles a Zeppelin airship.
  • Basketball is the most popular sport in this country.