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.
It would make no sense for emigrants in the United Kingdom to give up their Lithuanian passports and become British citizens, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė says as Brexit talks are about to start.
Amendments to Lithuania's Law on Citizenship will be submitted to the parliament for approval, but the wording may be changed in the course of debates by scrapping the Mar. 11, 1990 dividing line, Viktoras Pranckietis, the speaker of the Seimas, said on Wednesday.
“South Africa is more Litvak than Lithuania itself,” Markas Zingeris, the Lithuanian playwright and novelist once remarked. And, as one of very few members of Lithuania’s Jewish community to remain in the country, he would know. The vast majority of Lithuanian Jews have found good reason to leave at one time or another in history, whether it was unrest in Europe between 1868 and 1914, or the economic hardship that characterised the period from Lithuania’s independence in 1918 until June 1940 when the Soviet army took control. It was during this time that thousands of Lithuanians came to South Africa in droves, in search of a more peaceful life. And it is here where many have remained.
Viktoras Pranckietis, the speaker of the Seimas, sees amendments to the Law on Citizenship as the only possible way of broadening dual citizenship and expects that the Constitutional Court will approve of the move.