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The Just Student Jobs Country guide for gap year travel in Europe - Lithuania


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Lithuania

Population: 3,620,756

Literacy rate: 98%

Life expectancy at birth: male – 63.07 yrs, female: 75.41 yrs

Infant mortality rate: 14.67 deaths/1,000 live births

Population growth rate: -0.29%

GDP growth rate: -3%

GDP per capita: £3,200

Unemployment: 10%

Inflation: 0.3%

TI index: 4.1

Climate: maritime; wet, moderate winters and summers

Time:GMT + 2 (GMT + 3 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October).

Electricity:220 volts AC, 50Hz. European 2-pin plugs are in use.

Websites: The official tourism site www.tourism.lt

Lithuania’s homepage with cultural information is at http://neris.mii.lt/

Since declaring independence from the Soviet Union in 1990 and indirectly causing the collapse of that country, most of Lithuania’s efforts have been turned to putting its economy in order and cleaning up the last vestiges of the Soviet Union’s influence. As in the other Baltic countries, if you can speak Russian, keep it to yourself. Recovery from the 1999 economic crisis has been well-managed enough to allow Lithuania into the EU.

In the Middle Ages, this was a powerful country, but was unified with Poland in 1385, then in 1795 it went to Russia, then Germany finally being annexed by the Soviet Union in 1940. It is the biggest of the Baltic states. The geography is mostly flat. Under Soviet rule the economy was mainly geared to providing the USSR with agricultural products and light manufacturing. Much diversification has taken place but the country is still quite poor.

You need have no great worries about the language; it is one of the Indo-European group. It was also named as a ‘critical’ language by the US Department of Education in 1985 – there are only some 3.5m speakers world wide.

Entry requirements

EU citizens do not need a visa.

Vaccinations

Nothing special here

Tax and Insurance

No information on tax. Health insurance is a good idea

Gap Year Programmes

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