Even when signing books always the consumate politician, Guy Verhofstadt at the  Vilnius Book Fair  Photo © Ludo Segers @ The Lithuania Tribune
European Union

Guy Verhofstadt Brings his EU reform ideas to Vilnius

A large enthusiast and captivated audience came out on a very cold Saturday afternoon to hear former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt speak at the annual Vilnius Book Fair. Verhofstadt is currently fraction leader of the Liberal Group in the European parliament. However, on Saturday his main message were his ideas for European reform and to make the EU stronger, more efficient, and to avoid more Brexit-like defections of the world’s largest and most powerful trading block. […]

Post Card Scenery Christmas  Photo © Ludo Segers
Freetime

A Vilnius Christmas Mood

Earlier this week a light snow dusting provided a little extra touch that we all associate with Christmas. It provided the right seasonal background for a picture perfect Christmas photos. It was last week that we got the official start to the Christmas season in Vilnius. […]

Lithuanian and Finnish Flags at 100 Years of Finnish Independence  in Vilnius Photo © Ludo Segers @ The Lithuania Tribune
Uncategorized

100 Years of Finnish Independence celebrated in Vilnius

To mark the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Finland a brief Flag Raising ceremony took place at noon-time in Lukiškių Square (Lukiškių aikštė) in the centre of Vilnius in the presence of the Speaker of the Lithuanian Parliament (Seimas) Viktoras Pranckietis joined by the Finnish Ambassador, Christer Michelsson. […]

International Christmas Charity Bazaar  Vilnius  Photo © Ludo Segers @ The Lithuania Tribune (41)
Freetime

15th International Christmas Charity Bazaar

The International Christmas Charity Bazaar opened Saturday morning in the Vilnius City Hall, Rotušė. There was the usual excitement and plenty of smiles on the faces of young and old. This was the 15th edition of the charity event organised by Lithuania’s International Women’s Association with all proceeds going to support very worthy causes, 10 in all, carefully selected by the Committee. […]

Christmas goodies at the  Charity Bazaar Vilnius  Photo © Ludo Segers @ The Lithuania Tribune 2000
Freetime

International Christmas Charity Bazaar offers inspiring gift ideas

The 15th International Christmas Charity Bazaar in Vilnius Town Hall (Vilniaus rotušė) will this year take place on Saturday, 2 December from 12 to 18H. The Charity Bazaar is organised by the International Women’s Association of Vilnius and will benefit 10 good charitable causes, helping some of the most vulnerable in society. This year’s bazaar will offer again some wonderful ideas that fit every taste and budget. […]

Professor Gunnar Eskeland speaking at the Norwegian Chamber of Commerce Energy Event Photo Marte Freihow Langeland
Economy

Lessons from Norway in a rapidly changing energy world

The Norwegian Embassy in Lithuania in cooperation with the Norwegian Chamber of Commerce hosted on Friday morning a presentation in the Comfort Hotel in Vilnius that allowed for a peek into the various parts that are transforming the energy puzzle. After opening remarks from Anne Sofie Bjelland, the Norwegian Chargé d’affaires, three specialists addressed innovation from very different angles and tackling very diverse aspects of changes affecting energy production and consumption. […]

Experiencing Kitron's top-notch facilities close up © Ludo Segers @ The Lithuania Tribune
Economy

Kaunas, Lithuania’s Industrial Innovation Capital

There is still a lot of industry in Kaunas. A closer look reveals that there is also a lot of innovation going on in and around the city. These were the findings of a large delegation of Danish, Finish, Norwegian, and Swedish Chamber of Commerce participants during last Friday’s visit to Lithuania’s central located industrial hub. […]

Road Safety Seminar in Vilnius   Photo © Ludo Segers @ The Lithuania Tribune
Society

The Zero Road Fatalities challenge for Lithuania

Lithuania has come a long way from being one of the most hazardous road environments in the EU. Road fatalities have decreased substantially over the last 10 years. However, there is still a lot of room for improvement. Education and enforcement contribute to overall safety. The main factors to achieve safe roads are road design and reshaping human behaviour. Particularly speed, alcohol and risky driving styles contribute to road fatalities, no surprises. […]

Estonian Ambassador Jana Vanaveski   Photo © Ludo Segers @ The Lithuania Tribune
Energy

The Independence as a gas market swing supplier

What a difference one ship makes in combination with shifts in production in less than 3 years. It took a bit longer to get from complete reliance on a Russian-controlled energy-monopoly to a competitive market with increased security and interconnectivity. However, the presence of the Independence LNG floating facility in Klaipėda and the return of the USA as an energy independent country and exporter changed dramatically the supply and prices in the gas market. […]

Voroshilov, Molotov, and Stalin.  Yezhov airbrushed out of history by unknow Soviet artist  Public Domain
History

Airbrushed out of history in the USSR – Part 1

Some believe that photo manipulation started with Photoshop some 25 years ago. In fact, as early as 1846, when the first negatives were created, image altering took off. People and objects appeared and disappeared in photos. Photographic images acquired new meanings and ‘truth’ with the help of scissors, some ink, acid, and, eventually, airbrushes. […]

FLTR Goda Raibytė, Professor Juozas Vaitkus and Steven Goldfarb a CERN scientist
Society

Lithuanian robot to address Future of Life Seminar

Nao, a friendly looking robot from Lithuania’s Robotikos Akademija, will be the guest of honour at the Future of Life Seminar on the occasion of the European Business Network 10th anniversary event. The seminar will take place in Vilnius’ Kempinski Hotel on 21 September. In addition to the robot, some of Lithuania’s leading scientist will explain how progress in science and technology will affect our daily lives in the near future. […]

Šlyninka mill in Zarasai
Freetime

Šlyninkos Water Mill, a unique Lithuanian legacy.

Šlyninkos, a 300-year old water mill, is located in an idyllic setting, just a few minutes outside Zarasai in Lithuania’s northeastern lake area. It is the oldest water mill left in the country and one the few operating water mills left, anywhere in the world. There are other functioning mills, but the majority operate for demonstration purposes only. […]