Lithuania is One of Europe's Best-Kept Secrets
Quirky yet scenic, Lithuania is one of Europe’s best-kept secrets…but it won’t be forever. When you discover the charms of its small, baroque capital, Vilnius, the warmth of the locals, and the depth of history, you’ll fall for this Eastern European jewel. Natural beauty is also in abundance, led by the Curonian Spit in the West, a Unesco World Heritage site.
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- Population: 3,515,858
- Capital City: Vilnius
- Climate: Transitional between maritime and continental, wet moderate summers and winters
- Time Zone: GMT+2
- Language: Lithuanian, Russian, Polish
- Country Code: 370
- Location: Eastern Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea, between Latvia and Russia
- Coastline: 90km
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