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Lithuania : Discover the country's culture

Lithuania : Discover the country's history

Historical dates

Around 2,000 BC: Settlement of Proto-Baltic (Lithuanian ancestors) of indo-european origins. They live on farming and the sale of amber.
From the 12th century: The population is christianised by germanic orders allied to the Dutch.
1252: The Grand Duchy of Lithuania is founded by the indigenous chief Mindaugas.
14th century: the Grand Duchy extends from the Baltic to the Black Sea and Vilnius becomes the capital.
1410: Lithuanians and their Polish allies defeated Teuton armies in the battle of Tannenberg.
1569! The Lublin Union founded a Lithuanian-Polish state that lasted until 1795. Lithuania and the other Baltic states were attached to Russia.
1919 to 1939: Lithuania is recognised as an independent state. It then becomes a member of the Soviet Union.
1990: The singing revolution takes place. Lithuania's independence is proclaimed.
1992: The Baltic Council is founded and includes Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden.
May 2003: Lithuanians vote for the integration of their country into the European Union.
1st May 2004: Lithuania becomes part of the 25.

Lithuania : Stay up to date on the country's holidays and events


16th February:
Independence Day (Lithuanian National Day).

1st May:
Labour Day.
Saint-Christopher summer festival in Vilnius.
6th July:
Celebrating the crowning of Mindaugas, Lithuanian king.
15th August:
Assumption Day.
Vilnius Days. International festival of theatre, music and dance. Banchetto Musicale. International festival of old music.
1st November:
All Saints Day.
Grand musicians parade.
25th-26th December:
Christmas Day.

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