Lithuania • Population: 3,2 mln. (2011) • At the intersection between North, East and Central Europe • Member of EU, NATO, UN, OEC D and WTO
Vilnius • The South East of Lithuania • 312 km to the Baltic Sea • On the bank of the river Neris • First mentioned in 1323 • Geographical centre of Europe is located 26 km to the North of Vilnius • 656,7 thou inhabitants (2010 city municipality and district) • Continental climate: warm summers (16°C average) and cold winters (- 6°C average) • Four seasons
Getting hereFlight times to Vilnius:• London 2 hrs 20 min• Moscow 2 hrs 15 min• Frankfurt 1 hrs 45 min• Berlin 1 hrs 10 min• Copenhagen 1 hrs 10 min• Warsaw 1 hrs 10 min
Competitive Zone 16 mln people within 300 km radius
Green and Clean • Parks, public gardens, reserves and other green areas cover over 46 percent of the city‟s area. • Absolutely clean drinking water! Vilnius has one of the best drinking water qualities among European cities. • 2.1 % - waters (30 lakes, 16 rivers)
City of Art and Culture• Around 40 churches, most of the architecture is baroque and classicistic• Great variety of cultural events, such as Culture Night, Street Musician Day, Vilnius Festivals, ect.• The Ministry of Fluxus – a unique private contemporary art incubator for young artists: 200 artists, thousands of visitors
Fastest Internet in the World • According to the Business Insider‟s Net Index Vilnius has the fastest internet in the world • Average internet download speed – 36.37 Mbps, upload speed – 28.51 Mbps • World‟s average speed is 9.43 Mbps, EU average – 12.99 Mbps.
Rent & Share: E-Orange • First in Europe to launch electric bike “Rent and Share” system – E-orange • First in Europe to launch touch-sensitive digital maps at bus stops
The Strongest Man in The World • Žydrūnas Savickas is a professional strongman and is usually titled the all-time strongest man. • Six times in a row he has won the most prestigious contest - “Arnold‟s Strongest Man” • The strongest man in the world not only lives in Vilnius, he is a member of Vilnius city council, too.
Are They Crazy? (1)• In 1991 tens of thousands of crazy Lithuanians armed only by songs and flags gathered in Vilnius to defend the state‟s independence in front of the Soviet army forces
Are They Crazy? (2)• It is widely known that one of the major religions in Vilnius is… basketball
‘Don’t Make Me Get The Tank’• In 2011 mayor Artūras Zuokas raised the world‟s attention to illegal parking by staging the destruction of the car parked in a city‟s bike line with a tank• He was awarded with Ig Nobel Peace Prize for „demonstrating that the problem of illegally parked luxury cars can be solved by running over them with a tank‟
What About Buying an Island?• Vilnius mayor Artūras Zuokas suggested businesses and companies to raise money and buy a Greek Oxia island in the Mediterranean. In Lithuanian the island would be called „Dausuva‟ and could become a 22nd neighborhood of Vilnius
Ačiū! Iki! Thank you! See you in Vilnius!Pictures in this presentation belong to the Lithuanian Press Photo Agency – www.fotobankas.lt and Vilnius City Municipality.All rights reserved.