Lithuania's foreign policy is not without some ambivalence. Vilnius aspires to be a regional leader and set an example to other small countries, Lithuania demands to be treated as a respected full-fledged member of the European Union, NATO and the international community. Its own actions, however, do not always live up to the standard.
Agriculture has proven fertile ground for innovators and developers of smart solutions as well as investors eager to put their money into new technology. However, Lithuanian startups have so far shown little interest in the field.
"The backpack of a modern infantry soldier weighs just much as the armour of a medieval knight. And it is a myth that an armoured warrior could not get up, if he fell down," says Medieval armoury enthusiast Karolis Jankauskas.
Productivity in Lithuania compared to Western European economies remains abysmally low. One of the ways to approach the problem could be by looking into ways to extend the population's life expectancy, say international experts.
As the Baltic States try to convince NATO allies that Russia represents a real threat to security in Europe, a retired Danish general said that his country was in a very similar situation during the Cold War as a nation on the borderline between West and East.