Lithuanian businessmen in Denmark: We want to give something back
business.dk, Invest Lithuania
Thursday, August 7, 2014
After taking their education at Copenhagen Business School (CBS), two Lithuanians are dreaming about a life as entrepreneurs in Denmark. "We got a free education and then unemployment benefits when we finished studying here in Denmark. Now we want to give something back", says Kristupas Saikus.
It has been almost one year since Christel Wienziers, head of Alna Intelligence, moved from Denmark to Vilnius. While listing the differences between the countries, she emphasizes that she loves living in Lithuania, but, unfortunately, Scandinavia knows little about the interests of this country.
Oystein Moan, the manager of the Norwegian Visma Group with about 100 programmers in Lithuania, forecasts that in the near future more services centres of international companies and also foreign companies particularly from the Nordic countries will be established in Lithuania, as labour force costs there are huge and good IT specialists are hard to find.
The Beatles vinyl records which are not used to play music anymore can be taught to tell the time – the idea two Lithuanian entrepreneurs, 27-year-old Laurynas Mazeliauskas and 22-year-old Žilvinas Kuprėnas, have proven business-viable. The founders of Crop Shop who are making original clocks from old vinyl records say that they are going to conquer the world as their ideas are becoming more and more attractive to customers not only in Lithuania but in foreign countries as well.
Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis promised that the Lithuanian government would provide greater support for ethnic Lithuanians living in Poland and other neighboring countries as he visited Punsk, a town in northeastern Poland, on Tuesday.
Members of the Lithuanian national minority living in Poland expect to voice their concerns to Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis over the education situation, such as a lack of Lithuanian-language textbooks in local schools and proposals that may restrict Lithuanian history and geography classes and support from Lithuania.
Some members of the ruling political group of the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union and the Social Democratic Party on Tuesday proposed establishing the institute of the Lithuanian passport as an alternative to emigrants who do not have Lithuanian citizenship.