Independence Year : 1991
Population : 3698500
Life Expectancy : 69.1
Capital : 2447
GNP : 10692.00
GNP Old : 9585.00
Local Name : Lietuva
Government Form : Republic
Location : Eastern Europe, on the eastern shore of the Baltic Sea
Terrain : fertile, central lowland plains separated by hilly uplands created by glacial drift. A total of 758 rivers, many navigable, and 2 833 lakes cover the landscape.
Climate : Humid continental with four distinct seasons, and a moderating maritime influence from the Baltic Sea
Ethnic Group : Lithuanian 83.5%, Polish 6.7%, Russian 6.3%, Byelorussian 1.2%, other 2.3%.
Religions : Catholic (79%), Orthodox (4.1%), Protestant (1.9%).
Official Website : www.president.lt
Genral Information - Lithuania
Independent between the two World Wars, Lithuania was annexed by the USSR in 1940. On 11 March 1990, Lithuania became the first of the Soviet republics to declare its independence, but this proclamation was not generally recognized until September of 1991 (following the abortive coup in Moscow). The last Russian troops withdrew in 1993.
Lithuania subsequently has restructured its economy for eventual integration into Western European institutions.
(Source: CIA - The World Factbook)