The Real Finnish Santa at the 2017 International Christmas Charity Bazaar in Vilnius
Freetime

Christmas Gift Ideas at the International Christmas Charity Bazaar

The 16h International Christmas Charity Bazaar in Vilnius Town Hall (Vilniaus rotušė) will this year take place on Saturday, 1 December from 12 to 18H. The Charity Bazaar is organised by the International Women’s Association of Vilnius (IWAV) and will benefit 8 charitable causes all across Lithuania. There will be something wonderful for everybody’s taste and budget at this year’s bazaar. […]

Mažvydas Jastramskis
CORPORATE

M. Jastramskis reveals, why the “Farmers” won the elections: who is in centre matters

Vilnius University Institute of International Relations and Political Science (VU TSPMI) political scientist Mažvydas Jastramskis has analysed trends in Seimas elections and noted that Lithuanian voters are particularly conscious of the “second choice”, thus politicians should remain aware of which parties appear in the so-called centre, lrt.lt writes. […]

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Economy

Struggling to find employees: making lists and bringing in from abroad

On Wednesday, the cabinet approved the Ministry of Interior’s proposal to form a list of the most demanded professions. It includes 40 professions the public sector is lacking. It has been decided that specialists on the list will be granted simplified employment conditions. Furthermore, they will be granted double the wages of professions not on the list. Solely forming this list will not solve the lack of staff in the country, the chairwoman of the Lithuanian Trade Union Confederation (LPSK) says. […]

Society

Social workers complain of threats and even physical aggression: purchasing video and audio recording equipment

With tensions spiking regarding children being taken from their families and ever new accusations flying at various services, the State Child Rights Protection and Adoption Service (VTAT) is rushing to ensure its staff’s security – two public procurements for video and audio recording equipment, as well as emergency buttons, were initiated. […]

Economy

Average Lithuanian wages – lowest in the Baltic States

Lithuania is the only of the Baltic States where average wages do not reach a thousand euro, lrt.lt writes. […]

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Economy

Among the best digital innovations in the world – even two winners from Lithuania

On 27 November 2018, winners of the World Summit Awards under the auspices of the United Nations were announced (www.worldsummitawards.org) – Top 5 content solutions in each of 8 WSA categories. This year, even two Lithuanian projects were ranked among Top 40 digital innovations: Pulse Tip (Pulsetip) was declared the winner in the business and commerce category, and Computers for Children (Computer Support Foundation) – in the teaching and education category. […]

Mantas Zalatorius, Stasys Jakeliūnas
CORPORATE

S. Jakeliūnas’ statement surprises bank association head: are you trying to cause panic in the markets?

There is too great a concentration of Swedish banks in Lithuania, thus one of them should be sold. This was a statement by Seimas Budget and Finance Committee chairman Stasys Jakeliūnas on Wednesday. SEB bank and Swedbank – these are namely two Swedish capital banks operating in Lithuania and other Baltic states and if they didn’t flinch, they must have at least been listening carefully, this was a statement by a politician from the ruling coalition. […]

Mockup of Charlie Pizza at Vilnius Airport
Economy

Wider choice of food for passengers: new pizzerias to open at Vilnius Airport

In the very near future the passengers of Vilnius Airport will have more options while spending their free time before departure. New-concept “Charlie Pizza” pizzerias will open in the extended commercial area of the air gateways of the capital at the beginning of next year. After their opening, 11 catering outlets offering different varieties of food will be operating at the airport, a Lithuanian Airports press release states. […]

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History

Pagan superstitions and spells in the GDL

Baltic Paganism, surviving in Europe up until the very late Medieval times, gave rise not only to hostility among the Christians, but also to a certain curiosity. As the Franciscan Bartholomew the Englishman described in his encyclopaedic treatise written in the mid-18th century, Baltic Paganism was regarded by Christians as a ritus mirabilis. […]

Ingrida Šimonytė, Gitanas Nausėda
CORPORATE

A. Januška: G. Nausėda has a risk that could be used by S. Skvernelis

Ingrida Šimonytė and Gitanas Nausėda have decided to participate in the presidential elections. They are in neither the left, nor the right shelf, more uniting than divisive candidates and perhaps they are what Lithuania needs today, Lithuanian Act of Independence signatory Albinas Januška told lrt.lt. Furthermore, G. Nausėda would apparently be the main barrier to Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis entering the second round of the presidential elections, if the PM did choose to candidate, lrt.lt writes. […]

Domas Jagminas
Economy

Lithuania’s DIY growth fuelled by competition and trust in the economy

Even though all Lithuanian real estate market segments showed growing numbers, DIY (Do It Yourself) shopping centers were especially successful. The main reason for the significant changes in this market segment was the arrival of a new market player and the established players’ reaction to the newcomer’s moves. Active DIY development also signifies the developers’ trust in the country’s economic situation, as well as the likelihood of international DIY giants paying attention to the Lithuanian market. […]

A. Guoga on CNN's Quest Means Business
Foreign affairs

Millions around the world support initiative urging Amazon to scrap goods with Soviet symbols

The terrible Soviet crimes against occupied Baltic nations and ignorant attitude towards history were discussed and broadcasted to a wide international audience on Thanksgiving. The programme on CNN was about insensitivity showed by Jeff Bezos and his Amazon Inc. to millions upon millions of Soviet crimes victims and their descendants. The #WhyNotSwastika campaign started after the Baltic States’ people discovered that the most popular American retail companies are selling goods with Soviet symbols. Some responded to it but the retail giant Amazon has ignored this plea so far. […]

Rolandas Kvietkauskas, Head of Lithuanian Film Centre
Economy

Lithuanian film tax incentive to be increased to 30%

Yesterday in Tallinn, during a special presentation at [email protected] & Baltic Event, Rolandas Kvietkauskas, the director of the Lithuanian Film Centre, presented to the international film community the results and future outlook of the government’s tax incentive for film production in Lithuania – the national tax incentive will rise to 30% in 2019. Kvietkauskas and producer Gabija Siurbytė (Dansu Films) discussed cases of successful tax incentive use, the scheme’s future prospects and important details filmmakers should know about the measure. […]

Foreign affairs

Seimas committees condemn Russian aggression against Ukraine

The Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on National Security and Defence of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania have released a joint statement condemning Russian actions against Ukrainian Navy ships on 25 November, 2018. […]