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Lithuania is a state of Europe, and further south of the Baltic states. Latvia is bordered to the north, west to the Baltic, Belarus to the southeast, and south by Poland and Kaliningrad (Russia). He was part of the Soviet Union under the name of Soviet Socialist Republic of Lithuania. He is a member of NATO, the Council of Europe and the European Union. He joined the Schengen area on 21 December 2007. It covers 65,200 square kilometers and a population of 3,601,138 inhabitants (2002), with a population density of 55 inhabitants / km ². The capital is Vilnius, European Capital of Culture 2009. During the fourteenth century, Lithuania was the largest country in Europe: the current Belarus, Ukraine and parts of Poland and Russia were territories of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. With the Union of Lublin in 1569, Poland and Lithuania formed a new State, the Confederation of Poland and Lithuania. The Union lasted more than two centuries, until the partitions of Poland from 1772-1795, with the annexation to the Russian Empire for most of the territory of Lithuania. Following World War with the signing of the minutes of the Independence of Lithuania was signed on 16 February 1918, declaring the restoration of a sovereign state. Since 1940, Lithuania was occupied first by the Soviet Union after the Nazi Germany. When World War II drew to a close in 1944 and the Nazis retreated, the Soviet Union reoccupied Lithuania. On 11 March 1990, Lithuania became the first Soviet republic that declared its independence. Before the global financial crisis of 2008-2009, the post-Soviet Lithuania was one of the fastest growing economies in the European Union.

In Lithuania you can visit cities like Šiauliai, Druskininkai, Kaunas or Vilnius
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