Lithuania, officially the Republic of Lithuania (Lithuanian: Lietuvos Respublika) is a country in Northern Europe, the southernmost of the three Baltic states. Situated along the southeastern shore of the Baltic Sea, it shares borders with Latvia to the north, Belarus to the southeast, Poland, and the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad to the southwest

The 99-km long coastline of the country is home to a number of sandy beaches. Add to this, the World Heritage Sites that the country boasts of and you get a wide variety, as far as tourist attractions are concerned.

The Kernave Archaeological Site, about thirty-five kilometres from Vilnius, is on the World Heritage List. The site which dates from the late Palaeolithic period to the Middle Ages includes settlements, burial sites, forts and the town of Kernave.

Amber, formed by resin from ancient trees and insects in the resin, is found on the Curonian Spit.

One of the most popular dishes – cepelinai. This is an oval shaped grated potato dumpling filled with ground meat. This dish got its name from the zeppelin or dirigible, which was manufactured by the German Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin.

Lithuania is one of the several countries in the world where the most popular sport is Basketball.

The capital of Lithuania - Vilnius - was the European Capital of Culture 2009.


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