National anthem: “Tautiška giesmė“ – Vincas Kudirka
Total area: 65,300 km2
Population: 2 980 000
National Currency: Euro (€)
Local time: GMT + 2 hours
International telephone code: +370
Geographical location: The Republic of Lithuania lies on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea.
Neighbour countries: Latvia, Russia, Poland and Belarus
Independence: Independent from the 16th February 1918 (till 1940). 2nd independence 11th March 1990.
Government: Democratic Republic
International partnership: NATO, EU and Schengen area
Resorts: Palanga, Neringa, Druskininkai , Birštonas and Anykščiai
Ethnicity: Lithuanian – 83.5%, Polish – 6.7%, Russian – 6.3%, Belarusian – 1.2%, other – 2.3%.
Religion: Predominantly, Roman Catholic (approximately 80% of the total population). Others include Orthodox, Old Believers, Lutheran, Reformat, Jewish, Sunni, Karaite and other communities.
Landscape: Although Lithuania and a small country, but it is distinguished by the uniqueness and versatility of nature: plains, hills, plethora of forests, lakes and wetlands, a wavy Baltic Sea and the white dunes, and last but not least, the beautiful Curonian Spit. And most importantly – Lithuania has preserved the naturalness, unpolluted and fresh air.
Climate: Oceanic/continental. Average temperature in July is +17°C, in January – -4.9°C. However, temperatures can soar up to +30C in summer, and drop down to -32C in winter.
Panevėžys, the capital of Aukštaitija Ethnographic Region, has been the fifth largest city in Lithuania for more than a century. It occupies 50 square kilometers with 100 000 thousand inhabitants, the majority of whom (96 per cent) are Lithuanians. The rest are Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, Byelorussian, Jewish people.
Panevėžys is situated in the middle of Lithuania; it is halfway between two Baltic capitals – Vilnius and Riga. The city lies in a good geographical position which plays a major role in communication with other Lithuanian cities and the city of Kaliningrad(Russia). The Via Baltica highway runs through the city and connects it to many Scandinavian and West European countries.
Panevėžys is a member of the Union of the Baltic Cities. It has 12 partner towns abroad: Lünen (Germany), Goes (the Netherlands), Kalmar (Sweden), Lublin (Poland), Kolding (Denmark), Mytishi and Kaliningrad (Russia), Gabrovo(Bulgaria), Rakvere (Estonia), Daugavpils (Latvia), Vinnytsia (Ukraine) and Maramures County (Romania). Friendly contacts have been established with Chengdu (China), Ivano- Frankivsk ( the Ukraine), Szarvas (Hungary), Ramla (Israel), Ozurgeti (Georgia), Lecce (Italy) and Ferizaj (Kosovo).
Panevėžys lies on the banks of the river Nevėžis, the sixth longest river in Lithuania. The river gave its name to the city itself. Senvagė (the Old River Bed ) is considered the symbol of Panevėžys and is a famous place for leisure time and festivals.
It boasts of Laisvės Square where modern ideas intertwine with old ones, Respublikos Street famous for its art galleries.
Panevėžys has a reputation for being a clean , cosy and green city. At the same time it is an important industrial spot. Over 30 000 people work in the companies of Panevėžys. The production made in these companies makes 70% of the value of all city gross domestic product. Currently the city hosts major Lithuanian companies: Joint Stock Company Linas Agro, Construction Company STATYBOS TRESTAS, Road Construction Company PANEVĖŽIO KELIAI, Company AMILINA, Energy Company PANEVĖŽIO ENERGIJA. Every year direct foreign investments into the companies of Panevėžys increase. Norwegian Industrial park, the only in Lithuania is functioning in Panevėžys. The Municipality of Panevėžys provides favourable conditions for starting businessmen and for huge investors.
Some people think of Panevėžys as the city of Juozas Miltinis Drama Theatre, some – as the city of the world famous International Ceramic Symposia; others – as the capital of cycling and Ultra Triathlon where world champions Diana Žiliūtė, Edita Pučinskaitė, Simona Krupeckaitė and Vidmantas Urbonas were brought up.
Panevėžys artist, such a photographer Algimantas Aleksandravičius make their city known in the world. The city is also famous as the home of the Chamber Orchestra , the Folk Dance Group Grandinelė and young pianists.