Lithuania is a country and the southernmost of Europe’s Baltic states, a former Soviet bloc nation that borders Poland, Latvia and Belarus. Its capital, Vilnius.
History / Basics
Lithuania is a green and flat land in the north of Europe, ashore the Baltic Sea. It is one of three Baltic countries, and shares borders with Latvia, Byelorussia, Poland and Russia (Kaliningrad). The country is full of preserved natural landscapes, woods, lakes and rivers, and has an unique sea side, with Curonian split, a sandy peninsula, isolating the Curonian sea from the Baltic sea.
Its capital, Vilnius, near the Belarus border, is known for its medieval Old Town, subsequent Gothic, Renaissance and baroque architecture, and its 18th-century cathedral. Hilltop Gediminas’ Tower, a symbol of the city and the nation, offers sweeping views.
Independent between the two World Wars, Lithuania was annexed by the USSR in 1940. On 11 March 1990, Lithuania became the first of the Soviet republics to declare its independence, but this proclamation was not generally recognized until September of 1991 (following the abortive coup in Moscow). The last Russian troops withdrew in 1993.
These ethnographic regions even today differ by dialects, ways of life and behaviour styles, while until the turn of the last century there were pronounced differences in dress and homestead styles as well as village planning.
Lithuania is justly proud of its unfailing treasures of folklore: colourful clothing, meandering songs, an abundance of tales and stories, sonorous dialects and voluble language. This ethnographic heritage is nourished by ethnographic and folklore companies and barn theatres. Recent years have witnessed the revival of ethnographic crafts and culinary traditions. Folk craft fairs and live craft days are organized during many events and festivals.
If you want a job in Lithuania, first, visit the website of the Labour Exchange, or come to any of its structural units, where you’ll receive free information and answers to your questions. You may also check the website of the EURES – European Employment Service – or contact recruitment agencies.
Where can you work?
Major industries: textiles, clothing, fertilisers, industrial and agricultural machinery, oil processing, furniture making, food processing, electronic components.
Major companies: Barclays, Coca Cola, HP, IKEA, Mars, Microsoft, Omnitel, Philip Morris, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Saab, Western Union.
www.cvbankas.lt – site in Lithuanian.
www.cvmarket.lt – English-language version available. Most vacancies in Lithuanian, although jobs with multinational companies often in English.
www.cvonline.lt – English-language version available. Most vacancies in Lithuanian, although some in English.
https://ec.europa.eu : EURES European Job Mobility Portal – includes job vacancies, living and working conditions and labour markets in Lithuania. Also includes a CV-posting service for jobseekers.
http://www.ldb.lt : Lithuanian Labour Exchange – provides a database of job vacancies in Lithuanian. Useful labour market information in English.
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Accommodation / Mobile / Tax / General
You can find a room in a hotel in any city of Lithuania and book it on the internet: www.hotels.com. A cheaper, but not necessarily inferior, alternative is a youth hostel. You will be able to select an appropriate one on the website of the National Association of Youth Hostels: www.lha.lt/en. The international website where you can search for hostels is: www.hostelsclub.com . These guys have tons of Lithuania apartment listings point. Use this site as your starting : http://domo.plius.lt. Roomorama gets rave reviews from my fellow bloggers. Find retals in Lithuania with websites given below : www.roomorama.com.
Do I need a work permit?
If you are from the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland and want to work in Lithuania, you will not need any permit. You will only be required to fill out a specific form to legalize your stay in our country. If you are not a citizen of the European Union and intend to work in Lithuania, you will have to obtain a work permit. For more information visit : http://www.migracija.lt
Tax rates: an income tax rate of 15% is generally applied to all income, although there are some exceptions, for example income from dividends and other profit distributions, for which a rate of 20% is applied.
Mobile and Internet :
There are three basic service providers of mobile connectivity: Omnitel, Bite, and Tele 2. You can get the prepaid cards: Extra, Ežys (Omnitel), Labas (Bite) or Pildyk (Tele 2) at all newsagents or designated trading places. There are internet cafés or special internet networks in the cities, especially in the city centres. Majority of restaurants, bars and cafés also have free wireless internet.