Map of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania
History

Cartography of a private domain: the 1645 map of the Duchy of Biržai

European cartography experienced a considerable rise in the 16th and the first half of the 17th century when maps became a practical necessity. Their importance rose in Lithuania too as people required more precise pictures of different localities due to intensifying economic ties with Europe, military conflicts and local land and administrative reforms. This is how the view of southern Lithuania emerged in 1559 according to the description of forests by Grigalius Valavičius. […]

Tomas Vytautas Raskevičius
Society

Lithuanian capital elects first openly gay politician to city council

Last weekend, the Lithuanian capital city of Vilnius elected the first openly gay politician to its city council. Human rights activist Tomas Vytautas Raskevičius has become the first proudly open gay person to be elected to the political office in Lithuania. The candidate was running on the list of the current liberal mayor Remigijus Šimašius, who has made headlines by stating that “Vilnius is LGBT-friendly city.” […]

Ingrida Damulienė
Society

Survey: only one in every 11 Lithuanians ranks own health as excellent

Although in many areas Lithuania is showing progress and catching up with Western European countries, we are still one of the worst-looking countries in the European Union when it comes to public health. Population surveys also show that only a small number of Lithuanians enjoy an impeccable health. A public opinion poll conducted by Eurovaistinė, a pharmacy network, revealed that actually only one in every 11 Lithuanians ranks own health as good. Medical experts say that this is due to the lack of attention of the population to the disease prevention and healthy lifestyle. […]

No Picture
Society

Vilnius to celebrate March 11: march, tours and free public transport

On 11 March, Vilnius city dwellers and city guests will follow the Roads of Freedom in Vilnius. Everyone is invited to the march at which a 400 metre long Lithuania’s flag will be carried and to take free of charge tours around the Old Town. The tours will be given in a number of different languages by almost forty guides. Excellent news to everybody: public transport will take passengers to the festive events of 11 March free of charge as well, a press release from Vilnius city municipality states. […]

Tricolour on the Vilnius TV tower
Society

Lithuania will mark the Day of Re-establishment of Lithuania’s Independence

This year, Lithuania will mark the 29th anniversary of the re-establishment of its independence, commemorating the adoption of the Act on the Re-establishment of the State of Lithuania by the Supreme Council – Reconstituent Seimas on 11 March 1990. On this occasion, a lot of festive events will take place in the Seimas and throughout the country to celebrate Lithuania’ liberation from the Soviet occupation, recall the success of the united fight for freedom and share the joy of living in the independent democratic republic cherished by all Lithuanian people. […]

Rye
History

Food in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania

In the 13th and 14th centuries, both pagans and Christians suffered from starvation because the lack of food was a common. Low economic productivity and the shortage of alternative crops to compensate poor harvests caused dire calamities to people’s lives, as did adverse weather conditions, plant and animal diseases, epidemics, and wars. Lack of everything, especially food, and repeated famines led to a form of social welfare. Those who could afford or had access to enough food and clothing would store everything safely in warehouses, barns or sheds. The abundance of food, which usually indicates prosperity, might, and wealth, accompanied by social responsibility, has been meticulously described in many sources while speaking of feasts, both pagan and Christian, which a generous and hospitable host was expected to arrange. […]

No Picture
Society

“Living chain” saves drowning women and children

A walk on Sunday afternoon in Klaipėda‘s Melnragė I near the pier could have ended in tragedy for four people, klaipeda.diena.lt reports. […]

Mykolas Romeris University
Society

Lithuania enters world university law study ratings for the first time

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019 were announced on February 27, 2019. This year four Lithuanian universities were ranked in different study and research areas. For the first time in Lithuania’s history, it was ranked in the field of law. Mykolas Romeris University was the only Lithuanian university that appeared in the subject ranking for law among the 300 best universities of the world, taking the 251-300 position, a press release from the university states. […]

Vilnius Gediminas Technical University
Society

VGTU is among the top 100 universities in the world: the highest position in the history of Lithuania

For the first time, a Lithuanian university is among the top 100 best universities in the world in Engineering – Civil & Structural subject group according to the latest “QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019” results, which have been announced on 27 February. In total, 4 higher education institutions from Lithuania are listed in this ranking, a press release from VGTU states. […]

Battle of Saulė by A. Kriuka
History

The mythology of the Battle of Saulė

The raid of the Christian army against Lithuania in 1236 was dictated by the political circumstances that occurred after the Curonians’ surrender to Livonia in 1229-1230. It was then that Germans readied themselves to invite the pagans living south of Dauguva into the “sweet yoke of Christ’s faith.” It was at this point that the Christian German immigrant community of Riga and the interests of the Pope’s curia intersected. […]