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Lithuanian Department of Statistics has presented the key economic and social indicators of Lithuania for the year 2013 that also highlights situation regarding migration to and from Lithuania.

Lithuania's Ministry of Defense seeks to gather information about Lithuanians by birth or by origin that fought and distinguished themselves in the military forces of other countries and were rewarded signs of recognition since year of 1795 until nowadays.

Northern Ireland's largest weekly newspaper Tyrone Courier has published news stories and advertisements in Lithuanian language for the first time as it seeks to reflect its diverse community.

Ruta Sepetys’ New York Times bestselling WWII-era novel Between Shades of Gray has been optioned by Sorrento Productions and Tauras Film.

Lithuania Post has issued two new postage stamps to commemorate the Winter Olympic Games commencing on February 7 in Sochi (Russia). The stamps feature a bobsleigh and ice-hockey players. The stamps dedicated to the Sochi Olympic Games have been created by the artist Irma Balakauskaitė.

Sunday, 26 January 2014 19:19

#EuroMaidan reflections in Lithuania

As people from all across Ukraine continue to protest in Kyiv, Lithuanians have flooded the social media with reactions to the events in Ukraine and in support of the Euromaidan. Check out some of the Ukrainian revolution reflections on Twitter:

Saturday, 25 January 2014 23:18

Lithuanians in Los Alamos, New Mexico

Pianist Andrius Zlabys of New Haven, CT; Nijole of Los Alamos; Vita who lives near Espanola; and Svaja of Tesuque after a performance by Joshua Roman (cellist) accompanied by Andrius Zlabys in Los Alamos Auditorium on January 24.

Vita Sake:

"Esu be galo laiminga galejusi gyvai isgirsti ir net apkabinti toki zymu lietuvi muzikanta. Net iki siol man siurpuliukai eina...."

A non-partisan social initiative “United We Stand for Ukraine” launched Thursday evening by JPP “Create for Lithuania” received immediate community support and interest overnight. Having gained legal support from the Vilnius municipality, the initiative also received wide media attention and feedbacsk from different organizations.
More than 1600 people have registered to attend the Saturday morning event on the event’s Facebook page. During the social initiative’s event, a human chain will be formed which will represent support for Ukrainians’ democratic values and freedom.

Organizations such as “Solidarity with Ukrainian Protesters,” Lithuanian National Union of Students, social initiative “White Gloves,” “Liberal Youth,” “Scouts,” “Volunteers of Culture,” “Lithuanian Youth Council,” “WEF Global Shapers,” and others are participating in the initiative. Support for the event has also come from government representatives such as Gintaras Steponavičius, Mantas Adomėnas, and Nijolė Oželytė.
Initiative is reaching out globally.

After gaining support from Lithuanian communities abroad, JPP „Create for Lithuania“has spread the initiative world-wide. If you are with us and share the support for Ukraine’s democratic values and freedom, you can take a picture with the international slogan “United We Stand for Ukraine” (https://www.facebook.com/United4Ukraine).
Only in one “United We Stand for Ukraine” received pictures supporting Ukraine from people around the world from Washington DC, New York City and Florida to Bangkok, London, Milan and Vilnius initiative was also supported by the EU Ambassador in Moscow Vygaudas Ušackas and his wife.
Getting ready for the initiative.

In order for the initiative to go smoothly and as planned, the organizers invite you to familiarize yourself with the action plan.
The distance between the European Commission and the Embassy of Ukraine will be divided into eight sections which will be managed by the section’s coordinator. Participants will be able to identify section coordinators by their bright yellow vests and their photos will be posted on the event’s Facebook page. 

Everyone wishing to participate needs to register for one of the eight sections which can be done here: http://goo.gl/AJUxDD.
Participants will be welcomed at the following sections:
1. Vilniaus st. 10 (Representation of the European Commission in Lithuania office);
2. Vilniaus st. 23 (“Da Antonio” restaurant);
3. Vilniaus st. 27 (Chief Official Ethics Commission);
4. Intersection of Islandijos st. and Vilniaus st. (Ministry of Health);
5. Vilniaus st. 33 (“Franki” winery);
6. Intersection of Palangos st. and Pylimo st.;
7. 4 Kalinausko st. (Center Clinic, Naujamiestis bureau);
8. Intersection of Kalinausko st. and Teatro st.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014 21:17

Lithuania strongly condemns violence in Kyiv

Ukraine protests turn deadly. Watch amazing reporting by a Polish journalist from the streets of Kiev at the end of this post.

The deaths were the first protest-related fatalities since the crisis erupted two  month ago after Yanukovich ditched a trade deal with the European Union in Vilnius in favor of financial aid from Soviet-era master Russia.

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite has strongly condemned violence against demonstrators in Kyiv.

Ukraine is home to a small, but historically important Lithuanian community there.

It would be best for the Ukrainian Lithuanian community if the country moves closer to the European Union and one day becomes a part of it.

It's as simple as that - there cannot be a prosperous Lithuanian community in a dysfunctional country.

Now, more than ever, there is a need for your solidarity and support.

Wherever you are, reach out to your political leaders demanding the action NOW!

Here are some other examples of reactions from Lithuanians on Twitter on alarming events in Ukraine.

 

By many measures, Lithuania is doing quite well.

But there is one measure where Lithuania is at the bottom of the list: happiness and schools.

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