The Lithuanian media has lately caused some stir with stories about Lithuanian expatriates in Norway who have had their children "taken away" by childcare services. Norway's Ambassador to Lithuania Leif Arne Ulland says that his country takes children's welfare very seriously and makes no distinction between Norwegian families and those from other countries residing there. However, he adds, no child can be taken away from the family without a court ruling.
There are some 50,000 Lithuanians living in Norway. While the media is quick to cover crimes and criminal gang activity, giving Lithuanian expatriates a bad name in both their adopted and home countries, Ambassador of Norway Leif Arne Ulland says most of them have managed to integrate quite well and are contributing to the country's welfare.
Lithuania's priority projects in the field of energy security will also be financed under the Norwegian Financial Mechanism in the future. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius and Norway's outgoing Ambassador to Lithuania Leif Arne Ulland discussed this and other key areas of the bilateral partnership on monday, the MFA said.
Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius has met with the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway Leif Arne Ulland, who ends his term in Lithuania. During the meeting, the Prime Minister emphasized that Norway is an important partner of Lithuania and thanked the Ambassador for his personal contribution to the development of good bilateral relations as well as an intensifying cooperation in both the business and cultural sectors, the prime minister’s press service said.
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.