The Jewish Quarter in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania – isolation or privilege?

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 16:56
Žydų (Jews) street in Vilnius
Quarters comprising of several streets that were designed along religious, ethnic or professional lines were a regular way of life in European cities during the Middle Ages. Thus the settling of Jews, who employed the use of a section of the city that was delegated to them by law did not go counter to the pattern that had developed for settling in cities. Orthodox believers, Germans, Jews, butchers, glass makers and others who established themselves in Great Duchy of Lithuania (GDL) cities divided up living space in a similar manner. Thus Jews brought traditions to the GDL that were typical for them in the quarters they lived, traditions that coincided with other trends that managed to express themselves in GDL cities.

Anonymous bomb threat forces evacuation of Kaunas airportFREE

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 12:08
At the Kaunas Airport today
Kas vyksta Kaune / Rokas Tenys
An anonymous call about an explosive device planted at Kaunas Airport on Tuesday forced an evacuation of the airport.

Document of Soviet deportation of Lithuanians added to UNESCO Memory of the World Register

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 09:11
A plan of the Operation Priboi, the code name for a mass deportation of the Lithuanian population by the Soviets in 1949, has been granted the status of a document of national importance and listed in Lithuania's national Memory of the World Register.

Lithuanians view Brazauskas as most deserved president

Monday, June 5, 2017 09:19
Algirdas Brazauskas is considered the president of Lithuania who has made the biggest contribution for the country, shows a poll carried out by Spinter Tyrimai (Spinter Surveys) company for the news portal

Nordic specialists to share experience in Vilnius on fighting violence against children

Friday, June 2, 2017 14:37
Specialists and scientists of the Nordic countries will attend a conference at the Lithuanian parliament on Friday share their experience on fighting violence against children.

Lithuania's emergency service warns of strong winds FridayFREE

Friday, June 2, 2017 14:25
The Lithuanian Fire and Rescue Department has warned of strong winds in much of the country on Friday and urged people to be cautious.

Some 104 children killed on Lithuania's roads in 6 years

Thursday, June 1, 2017 12:32
Children crossing the street
Kauno aps. VPK
Some 104 minors have died in traffic accidents in Lithuania in the past six years, accounting for around 5 percent of all road fatalities, the country's traffic police said on Thursday.

PM on alcohol use statistics: 5 liters change nothing

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 14:58
Lithuania's 2016 per capita alcohol consumption figures released by the country's statistics office are lower than those published by the World Health Organization, but Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says that this does not substantially change the situation.

Alcohol-caused mortality in Lithuania on steady decline (1)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 13:47
Beer glass
Įmonės archyvas
Alcohol-caused mortality in Lithuania is on a steady decline, the country's statistics office said on Tuesday.

Lithuania's alcohol consumption down to 13.2 liters in 2016 - statistics office

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 11:57
Lithuania's legal alcohol consumption per person aged 15 years and over last year amounted to 13.2 liters, down by 0.8 liters from 14 liters in 2015, according to preliminary figures from the country's statistics office.

Lithuanian educational game among the strongest projects from 15 countries

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 10:29
The educational game Robo Settlers developed by the Lithuanian Team SneakyBox was among the strongest projects from 15 countries at the annual Microsoft Imagine Cup Regional Finals. The Lithuanian project competed with another eight projects in the finals for the opportunity to vie for the top prize in Seattle, USA.

Lithuanians back alcohol ad ban, disapprove of specialized stores - poll

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 10:26
Šampanas taurė
Lithuanians back a complete ban on alcohol advertising, shortening of sale hours and raising of the legal drinking age to 20, but they do not support plans to set up specialized alcohol stores and to prohibit the sale of alcohol at large public events, according to the latest opinion poll published on

Nigerian citizens studying in Lithuania suspected of financial fraud

Monday, May 29, 2017 12:07
Lithuania's Financial Crime Investigation Service (FNTT) is conducting a pre-trial investigation into withdrawal of money transfers with fake ID documents of African countries by Nigerian citizens studying in a Kaunas university.

Brzezinski was European American - Lithuania's Landsbergis

Monday, May 29, 2017 11:26
Jūratė Katinaitė, Gražina Daunoravičienė, Vytautas Landsbergis
Organizatorių archyvas
Cold War strategist and politician Zbigniew Brzezinski always had an impact upon US policies, regardless of the president in power, and his death is an enormous loss, says Vytautas Landsbergis, speaker of Lithuania's Supreme Council – Reconstituent Seimas

Lithuania's Jewish Community re-elects Kukliansky as leader

Monday, May 29, 2017 10:35
The Jewish Community of Lithuania re-elected Faina Kukliansky for the second term as its chairperson at an election on Sunday, while her competitor Simonas Gurevicius dismissed the vote as unlawful and pledged to turn to court.

Lithuania to present Expo pavilion at Vilnius Town Hall

Monday, May 29, 2017 09:15
Lithuania's pavilion to take part at the Expo 2017 world exposition opening in Astana in two weeks will be presented at the Vilnius Town Hall on Monday.

Užupis adds Hindi and Sanskrit plaques to its Constitution WallFREE

Sunday, May 28, 2017 23:36
In a most colourful ceremony with song and dance and some animated speeches, two additional plaques were Thursday unveiled on the famous Constitution Wall of Užupis Republic in Vilnius. The 41-point constitution of the self-proclaimed artists' republic now boasts version in Hindi and Sanskrit.

Some 230 refugees relocated under EU program have left Lithuania

Friday, May 26, 2017 12:15
Some 230 Middle Eastern refugees relocated to Lithuania under the EU's resettlement program have already left the country, the daily Lietuvos Žinios reported on Friday.

Lithuanian Jews in row over Vilnius community leader election

Friday, May 26, 2017 09:23
Lithuanian Jews are in a row over Wednesday's election of the leader of the Vilnius Jewish Community (VJC).

Seimas inclined to raise legal alcohol drinking age to 20

Friday, May 26, 2017 09:23
The Lithuanian parliament is inclined to raise the minimum legal alcohol drinking age to 20 starting next year.