Lithuania is a country in Eastern Europe. It is the largest and most populous among the Baltic states. The country is characterized by lush forests, sandy beaches, various lakes and wetlands. Due to its unique features and the diversity of the local population, Lithuania is one of the most visited countries in Eastern Europe. Lithuania is an interesting country with almost everything. Now, let's take a closer look at the fantastic facts of the country.
Lithuanian is one of the oldest languages in the world.
The Lithuanian language is one of the oldest living languages in Europe. Also, the language is the oldest Indo-European language. It is older than Greek, Celtic, German languages. It is written in the Latin alphabet. It is classified as a Baltic language.
The country was once the largest European country.
Lithuania was once the largest country in Europe. Lithuania was also formed by the coming together of various tribes in its time. At that time, of course, it was the largest kingdom in Europe.
One third of Lithuania is forestland.
Lithuanian people are fond of nature. No wonder, therefore, that 40% of the country is forest. Its forests are protected with great devotion. National parks are also protected areas. The oldest oak tree in Europe is in this country. The name of the tree is known as 'Stelmuze'. The oak is over 1500 years old and 23 meters high.
Lithuania is a country with a distinctive smell.
It is the only country on the planet that has a national fragrance. The fragrance is a blend of wildflower, ginger, sandalwood, raspberry and musk aromas. The fragrance is also £25. It was introduced to the world in 2022.
Bread has an important place in Lithuanian society.
Especially rye bread is consumed at every meal. In addition, rye bread is consumed on special occasions. That's because rye is a very resilient crop that grows in the country's climate.
The national sport of the country is basketball.
The country's national basketball team has won several championships at the EuroBasket. Also, Lithuania is no stranger to raising NBA players. They even managed to get into the NBA's Hall of Fame.
They can use potatoes in almost all dishes.
Potatoes can be found in every shape and form you can think of in the country. Pudding, sausage, meatballs... So you can forget to see potatoes only as mashed, fried and baked.
It is the last country in Europe to accept Christianity.
Lithuania is the last nation to adopt Christianity in 1387. Today, the majority of the country adopts Christianity.
They have interesting superstitions.
In a country known for its fantastic superstitions, you should never whistle when you go to someone's house. They believe that whistling in the house summons demons. If you are a woman in the corner of the dining table, you should not sit. Because sitting in the corner of the table makes you unmarried for 7 years.
The capital of the country is the city of Vilnius.
The capital of the country, Vilnius, has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site. Medieval, Baroque and Renaissance architecture is very well preserved.
The stork capital of Europe is Lithuania.
In particular, the white stork was declared the national bird of Lithuania in 1973. There are many storks breeding in the country during the summer months. With its large beak and elegant white and black plumage, this bird symbolizes peace. Many Lithuanians describe this bird's nesting near their home as peace of mind.
The country has a cheap cost of living.
The country has a fairly cheap cost of living compared to most European countries. There are cheap products and services. It also has some of the cheapest healthcare.
It has a magnificent coastline.
Lithuania is the country with a magnificent coastline, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is known as the 'jewel of Eastern Europe' because of the Curonian Spit.