Lithuania is a small but very unique country located in Northern Europe. Visitors of Lithuania fall in love with the splendid views, forest reserves, and the magnificent Baltic shoreline.
Apart from these, there are a few more facts about Lithuania that might surprise you. Here are some of them:
- During the end of the 14th century, Lithuania was the largest country in Europe. The Kingdom was formed by several tribes living in the country at the moment. The Grand Duchy of Lithuania was also one of the most powerful kingdoms in Europe during the era.
- Lithuania was declared to be the geographical center of Europe. Renowned French geographer Jean-George Affholder determined that 54°54′N 25°19′E is the location of Europe’s center point, which is just near a Lithuanian village named Purnuškės.
- 1/3 of Lithuania is covered by nature reserves and forest parks. One of the oldest trees in Europe, the Stelmuze Oak is located in one of those forests. It is estimated to be 1500-2000 years old, so it is older than Lithuania itself.
- Lithuania is also known as ‘the land of storks’, which is Lithuania’s national bird.
- The Lithuanian language came from an Indo-European language group and is one of the oldest known languages, closest to the ancient Sanskrit.
- The longest Lithuanian word has 37 letters: “nebeprisikiškiakopūsteliaujantiesiems” which roughly translates to “people who used pick up rabbit grass in a forest, but are no longer doing that”.
- The NBA star Arvydas Sabonis is from Lithuania. Other Lithuanian players in the NBA include Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Domantas Sabonis (son of Arvydas Sabonis).
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