Top Ten Things Lithuania is Known For

I made this type of list about Sweden, one of my home countries, so now I'll make one about my other home country, Lithuania, without further ado, let's start!
The Top Ten
1 Basketball Basketball is a sport played by two teams of five players on a rectangular court. The objective is to shoot a ball through a hoop 18 inches in diameter and 10 feet high mounted to a backboard at each end.

Basketball is just one of the best sports, maybe even the best one. No wonder Lithuania has it as their national sport. You should see Lithuanians watching their favorite team play against someone else. We have the best fans!

Yeah, of course. The national sport of Lithuania is basketball. It's a sport I'm not really into, but I respect it, especially since it's Lithuania's national sport (call me biased if you want to).

NBA players come from there and perform great. Jonas Valančiūnas is a great example.

2 History

If there is one thing Lithuania is most known for, it's history! Lithuania's history is quite famous and extensive. Some people even say it's more known than Latvia because of its history! I certainly find it interesting, even though I barely know much about it, but many people know Lithuania because of its history.

3 High Suicide Rate

Unfortunately, Lithuania has one of the highest suicide rates in the whole world and sometimes even ranks as the number one country with the highest rate. The only place that usually tops Lithuania is Greenland, which isn't even a sovereign state but rather part of Denmark.

4 Vilnius

Vilnius is really beautiful, especially the Gediminas Tower and the Television Tower. It's really easy to get around there. You can either walk, use public transportation like city buses, rent e-scooters, or bikes. Endless options.

Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania and the only capital of the Baltic states that lies inland and not on the coast. In fact, it's very close to Belarus, so I wouldn't be surprised if many of the tourists there are Lithuanians from Vilnius.

5 Lithuanian Language Lithuania, officially the Republic of Lithuania, is a country in Northern Europe.It is one of the Baltic states and lies on the eastern shore of the Baltic Sea to the southeast of Sweden and the east of Denmark, with Latvia to the north, Belarus to the east and south, Poland to the south, and Kaliningrad... read more

Lithuanian is one of the most conservative and oldest languages in Europe! Not only that, but it is also one of the only two surviving Baltic languages in the world, along with Latvian. As I am half-Lithuanian myself and can't even speak it, I am planning on learning it. I find it wonderful. It sounds so exotic and nostalgic to me.

6 Amber

Along the beautiful beaches of Lithuania, you can actually find amber, although it's quite rare. You must be lucky to find it. I haven't found any when I was there. Speaking of beaches, they are gorgeous!

Amber is underrated. It is really beautiful, and if you want to find some yourself, go by the Baltic Sea.

7 Dieveniškės Regional Park

This area in Lithuania is almost completely surrounded by Belarus, and it looks kinda funny. At the northwest, where the area connects with the rest of Lithuania, there is this small corridor where it is just a few miles wide, surrounded by Belarus on two sides.

8 Sculpture Parks

Lithuania is a country with mainly plains, but forests are found too! Unlike almost all other European countries, the forests in Lithuania have sculptures of gods and creatures from Lithuanian folklore. I have been to two of those forests, and it's seriously a must-visit if you go to this wonderful country.

9 Storks

Storks are the national animals of Lithuania. It is said that if a stork has a nest near your house, it means good luck.

10 Folklore

Lithuanian folklore is so interesting in my opinion, and Lithuania is quite known for it. It was also one of the last countries in Europe to convert to Christianity (Catholic Christianity, to be more exact). Anyway, the folklore is fascinating! There's Perkūnas, the god of thunder. Patulas, the god of the underworld and dead. Patrimpas, the god of seas. And many more. Keep in mind I could be wrong, so correct me if I'm wrong.

The Contenders
11 Being at Risk of an Invasion from Russia
12 Potatoes

So many Lithuanian foods contain potatoes, such as cepelinai, kugelis, and so on. It's part of our culture!

13 Hill of Crosses
14 Orvidas Garden

This is an incredibly unique sculpture park of stone in an amazing setting of greenery. Created by Lithuanian Orvidas, who felt oppressed during Soviet times and decided to create a park around his home based on pagan culture. It's an amazing place to just wander around and study for fun.

15 Sand Dunes
16 Trakai Island Castle

Worth visiting. I'm pretty sure you can get a guide for the museum, too.

17 Gediminas' Tower

Just beautiful and important for history.

18 Kaunas Castle
19 Vytautas the Great

Widely considered a national hero of Lithuania and one of its best rulers.

20 Mindaugas

The only king Lithuania ever had, who united all Lithuanian tribes.

21 Kugelis

A Lithuanian dish. It's a potato pudding with lots of bacon in it, and it's so delicious! I remember back in the day when I used to eat this while playing Spy Fox. A common theme you'll notice with Lithuanian cuisine is that they love bacon.

22 Kaunas
23 Patriotism

Lithuanians are some of the most patriotic people I know. Lithuanians always hold onto their traditions, whether they live in Lithuania or are part of the diaspora. I'm proud of my people!

Lithuanians are really patriotic, and I, too, am really patriotic and proud to be Lithuanian.

24 Hill of Witches

Perhaps the most famous of all sculpture parks. Located on the Curonian Spit at Juodkrantė, this surely is a place to visit when going to Lithuania.

25 Klaipeda

The third biggest city in all of Lithuania, although relatively small. Lots of Prussian history, and it truly has a coastal feel to it.

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