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Weekly News from Lithuania, July 10

Lithuania sends €50,000-worth of coronavirus aid to Belarus

Lithuania is sending a shipment of humanitarian aid to Belarus to help the neighbouring country combat the coronavirus pandemic.

In early June, the Lithuanian cabinet allocated 50,000 euros for aid to Belarus in response to Minsk's request for international assistance.

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Lithuania’s Foreign Minister congratulates United States on Independence Day


On 4 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius congratulated the United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the country‘s Independence Day.

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SpaceX to carry Lithuanian satellites into space


Lithuanian company has concluded a contract with Elon Musk's private space transportation company SpaceX to launch its satellites into space. 

The first satellite produced by NanoAvionics is to be taken into orbit by the end of this year. 

“If you launch a satellite with a camera, you can cover a bigger area and compare how things change with time,” says NanoAvionics co-founder Vytenis Buzas. “[For example] a river eroding the bank or the change of traffic flows.”

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GBS&ICT sector is steadily growing in Lithuania


June 2020 sees the release of Invest Lithuania’s 6th annual Business services report. To mark the launch of the report, Invest Lithuania held the online event, “Lithuania’s GBS and Beyond: Growth, Resilience and Leadership.” The event brought together a forum of industry leaders and thought shapers to discuss not only the findings of the report, but also wider questions relating to leadership and growth in today’s uncertain global business landscape.



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  Lithuanian Art and Culture in the UK
1:07 PM - Jul 8, 2020
BBC Radio 3

BBC Radio 3 brings you a wonderful concert conducted by Lithuanian conductor Giedrė Šlekytė this winter by Radiokören / Swedish Radio Choir performed in Stockholm.

It's a great opportunity to enjoy striking repertoire from Lithuania, brought across the Baltic sea to Stokholm, including pieces by Juste Janulyte, Bronius Kutavičius, Vaclovas Augustinas, Onutė Narbutaitė, Romualdas Gražinis.

Lietuvos muzikos informacijos centras
Lietuvos Respublikos Ambasada Londone / Lithuanian Embassy in London
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Tradition Accepts Challenge of Social Distancing: Globally, Lithuanians Unite to Sing National Anthem while Keeping Distance with Stretched-Out Flag


Lithuanians found a creative social distancing solution for their annual global singing of the national anthem. As every year, Lithuanians around the world came together to sing their anthem on the Day of State, July 6th. But this year, the singers kept the distance with the stretched-out flag for their safety.



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Top 10 Instagram spots in Lithuania


The dunes of the Curonian Spit, the Hill of Crosses, Trakai Castle on its lake island, Vilnius Old Town and Palanga bridge during sunset.

These iconic spots in Lithuania provide perfect images for your posts. But if you are looking to generate more likes, why not set your sights on something more unique. Follow the recommendations of tourism information centers and the national tourism development agency Lithuania Travel and dive deeper into some of the treasures this instagrammable country has to offer.

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Vilnius centre becomes art gallery

Lithuanian capital Vilnius has turned its centre into an open-air art gallery. The outdoor advertising exhibition contains 100 works of local art. Art lovers may contact the artists through the special website. The website contains images and descriptions of art objects, their prices and contacts of authors.

"Although art galleries are already open, the restrictions for social gatherings remain in place," said Remigijus Šimašius, the mayor of Vilnius.



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Lithuania's National Museum amasses exhibits for a show about Covid-19 pandemic


The National Museum of Lithuania has received more than 130 exhibits since April when it published an open invitation for people to send various items related to the coronavirus pandemic.

The most interesting exhibits will be put on display shortly, while the museum may hold a larger exhibition dedicated to the pandemic in the future.

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July 11 - 12
Open House Vilnius 2020

This year’s Open House Vilnius will be held on 11-12 July. During this event, 9 guided and 3 self-guided tours of the unique buildings in Vilnius will be open to the public.


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July 17-19
French Vacation in Vilnius


Only this weekend France will be waving and inviting to enjoy true French vacation in the streets of Vilnius

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Lithuanians in Paris celebrate Statehood Day under Arc de Triomphe
Chinese guide fluent in Lithuanian: difficult language but worth learning

Fluent in Lithuanian, Chinese national Yi Zhang says it was difficult to learn the Lithuanian language, but it helped that she attended Lithuanian gymnasiums and recently completed university studies at Mykolas Romeris University in a Lithuanian programme.


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Lithuanians sing the National Anthem around the World

Photo credits @ Ludo Segers

Jul 10 2020

Weekly News from Lithuania, July 3

Lithuania commences the next Presidency of the Baltic Sea States Council

On July 1 Lithuania commences the next presidency for the Baltic Sea States Council taking it over from Denmark. During its presidency, Lithuania will focus on sustainable development, particularly in the areas of green economy, ecological and maritime tourism, civil protection, fight against human trafficking for labour exploitation, as well as prevention of violence against children.

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Opening the green corridor for large investment projects


The Seimas has adopted a package of investment and corporate tax laws, which offers a new instrument aimed at attracting large investments of local and foreign capital. The package of laws, also known as the ‘green corridor for investment’, provides for much faster and simpler  establishment procedures for investors as well as incentives for municipalities hosting investors. It is a regional development-oriented initiative aimed at promoting investment across Lithuania.

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Lithuania provides humanitarian assistance to Syria and Sudan


On 30 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius attended the fourth Brussels Conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region”, which was co-chaired by the European Union and the United Nations.  L. Linkevičius voiced his consistent support for Syria, activities of the UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir O. Pedersen, as well as stressed the need to support young people in the country and to ensure accountability for crimes committed in Syria.

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On 25 June, the Political Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairsof Lithuania Raimonda Murmokaitė took part in the virtual high-level Sudan Partnership Conference that was organized by Germany, the EuropeanUnion, and the United Nations. During the event, R. Murmokaitė announced Lithuania’s decision to allocate EUR 25, 000 in humanitarian aid to Sudan. The funds will be transferred to the United Nations World Food Programme.


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Expert teams create solutions for solving the water pollution problem in the Baltics and the world

The winners of the international pan-Baltic Clean Water Hackathon are two startups – Latvian startup PurOcean and a Lithuanian startup Ekodrena.

“Clean Water Hackathon” lasted for a record-long 12 days in which time the teams participated in 85 meetings with experts and partners. The event attracted a great number of international organisations from all three Baltic countries, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, and the UK.

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‘Aviation is climbing out of a deep hole.’ 70 routes to resume from Lithuanian airports


With air travel gradually resuming in Europe, Lithuanian airports are planning to launch flights to some 70 destinations in July, including to Dubrovnik in Croatia and London Gatwick.

“A number of the airlines and flight destinations that we had before the quarantine are returning to our airports,” Tadas Vasiliauskas, a spokesman for Lietuvos Oro Uostai (Lithuanian Airports), said.

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Winners of Lithuanian Fintech Awards announced at Fintech Week Lithuania


The awards recognise the success stories of the past year across numerous areas in fintech, including payments, lending & investing, KYC and analytics. The awards were selected by a jury composed of Lithuanian and international experts in financial services.


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The Lithuanian Maritime Cluster Has Been Founded


The business and educational organizations in Klaipeda are joining forces to develop the Lithuanian system of maritime innovation in the country. With this goal, the Lithuanian Maritime Cluster has been founded on June 30. The cluster has been founded with the goal of becoming a platform for the production of high added-value services and products, innovation, cooperation between the education and business sectors.

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Discover colours you never knew existed         |       Credits @ Lithuania. Real is beautiful

Lithuania thinks pink to attract tourists – šaltibarščiai at the centre of new campaign


Lithuania is seeking to lure tourists with its iconic cold beetroot soup, šaltibarščiai. In a new campaign, the country's tourism promotion agency aims to make ‘cold pink’ the colour of this summer.

Travelers landing at Vilnius Airport, for example, will find themselves following a trail of pink-coloured spots on the floor, culminating with an instagrammable 3-metre replica of the dish.

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Misty mornings and mystic forests. Photographing undiscovered Lithuania


Photos by the 17-year-old photographer, Darvydas Kilmanas, reveal the nature of Lithuania in its mysterious, hazy beauty. Feeling completely at home when meandering the nearby woods, Kilmanas believes we are all just visitors here.

Based in a rural location near Vilnius, Kilmanas has always been curious about and loved nature. Having trekked every little path in the area, the teenager knows it like the back of his hand. And yet nature reveals something new to him every day.

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July 3-23
World Press Photo 2020 Expo Vilnius

Visit the World Press Photo Exhibition 2020 in Vilnius, Lithuania, showcasing the stories that matter with photography from the 63rd annual World Press Photo contest.


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July 6 - August 27
XVII International Festival of Chaim Frenkel Villa

International orchestra and classical music festival invites to enjoy performances on an open-air stage in front of the local historical villa in Šiauliai.


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Highlight of the Week
Hidden places on Lithuanian Seaside to explore

Photo credits
@ Association "Klaipėdos regionas"

Jul 03 2020

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