|INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT LITHUANIA
|This is how many kilograms Lithuania’s largest boletus weighed. Found in September 1971 in Šalčininkai District, its cap measured 49 cm in diameter, and its stem – 28 cm.d
|When creating the national flag of Lithuania in 1917-1918, the first design only had two colours – red and green. However, yellow was later added and the tricolour was born.
|This is the approximate number of kilograms that the “Sun Stone” weighs, making it one of the largest pieces of amber in Lithuania. This specimen was stolen and recovered – twice.
|This was the score when the Lithuanian national football team beat Estonia in 1995, with its highest scoring match ever.
|This is how many passengers could fly in a plane of first Lithuanian Airlines company established in 1938. The company's two six-seater planes made flights from Kaunas to Palanga and Riga.
|This is the highest temperature ever recorded in Lithuania. The thermometer rose this high in late July 1994.
|This was the score when Lithuania defeated Italy in the final of the 1937 European Basketball Championship and took home the gold for the first time.
|This is the position in the Lithuanian alphabet of “ė”, a unique letter that is not found in any other language in the world.
|This is the lowest temperature ever recorded in Lithuania. The thermometer fell this low in 1956, near Utena.
|This is the most number of years that Lithuanian was under a single ruler – Grand Duke Casimir IV Jagiellon (r. 1440-1492).
|This is the number of Lithuanian names that have been given to objects on Venus, making it the celestial body with the most Lithuanian names.
|This is how many grams the smelt weighed that Antanas Duobinis hooked in 1984 in the Curonian Lagoon near Nida; measuring 26 centimetres long, it is considered the biggest smelt ever caught.
|That much of the thousands square kilometres made up the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in 1430, at the end of the reign of Vytautas the Great.
|This is the percentage of the global laser market occupied by Lithuanian lasers.
|This is the approximate number of Lithuanian streets named Liepų gatvė (“Linden Street”), the most common street name in the country.
|This is the year that the Lithuanian Hound was mentioned in written sources for the first time. This is the only breed of hunting dogs originating from Lithuania.
|This was the power in megawatts of one reactor at the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant. These reactors were the most powerful in the world and held the Guinness World Record.
|This is the approximate number of hill forts that have been found in Lithuania. The number grows every year as new ones are discovered.
|This is the year that the first constitution in Europe was adopted in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
|This is the year that one of the oldest observatories in Europe was established in Vilnius.
|This is how many metres the Kaunas railway tunnel is – excavated in 1859-1862, it is longest tunnel in Lithuania.
|This is the year that the litas was introduced as the official currency of Lithuania. Mind you, for quite some time there were plans to call the currency the “muštinis”.
|This is the year that the first Lithuanian satellite was launched into the Earth’s orbit.
|This is the age of the Stelmužė Oak, the oldest oak in Lithuania. The tree sprouted when the Selonian tribe still lived in the vicinity.
|This is the year that Antanas Gustaitis built his first aircraft, the ANBO I. A decade later, the ANBO became the foundation of the Lithuanian Air Force.
|This is the year that the first Lithuanian “unicorn” appeared – a highly successful start-up valued at over EUR 1 billion.
|This is the approximate number of lakes in Lithuania. About half of them, combined, make up an area of 888 km2. The rest, combined, make up an area of just 5.5 km2.
|This is the year that women first ran for president of the Republic of Lithuania. There were two female candidates: Felicija Bortkevičienė and Gabrielė Petkevičaitė-Bitė.
|This is how many Lithuanians are believed to have participated in the Baltic Way.
|This is how many metres high Lithuania Peak is in the Pamir Mountains in Central Asia. This is the highest mountain in the world with a Lithuanian name.