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
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.

Yeah, of course. The national sport of Lithuania is basketball. A sport I don't really am into, but I respect it, especially since it's lithuania's national sport (call me biased if you want to)

Which is true. But if you do, talk about how people might know about it. This list trend ain't so bad actually.

NBA Players come from there, and perform great. Jonas Valenchiunas is a great example.

They're very good at basketball

History

If there is one thing Lithuania is the most known for then it's history! Lithuania's history is quite famous and big, some people do even say it's more known than Latvia because of the history! I certainly find it so interesting too even though I barely know much about it, but many people know Lithuania because of history

Imagine not knowing what Lithuania is

High Suicide Rate

Sorry to hear that.

Unfortuanely, Lithuania has one of the highest suicide ratings in the whole world and some times even ranks as the number #1 coutnry with the highest, the only country that usually tops Lithuania is Greenland which isn't even a sovereign state, but rather part of Denmark

Vilnius

Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania and the only capital of the baltic states that lies in the country and not at the coast, in fact it's very close to Belarus so I wouldn't be suprised if many of the tourists there are lithuanians from Vilnius.

Lithuanian Language

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

Dieveniškės Regional Park

This area in Lithuania is almost completely surrounded by Belarus and it looks kinda funny as at the north-west where the area connects with the rest of Lithuania, there is this small corridor in which there it is just a few miles surrounded by Belarus on two sides

Amber

Along the beautiful beaches of Lithuania you can actaly find amber although it's quite rare, you must be lucky to find it, not even I have found it when I was there. Speaking of beaches, they are gorgeous!

Sculpture Parks

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

Storks

Aww cute birds I love them!

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

I wonder how Lithuanians reacted when that movie about storks (yknow the one that had a girl called Tulip) went to the screens

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 interesting! 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

Oh yeah, Baltic mythology is amazing

The Contenders
Mindaugas

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

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).

Being at Risk of an Invasion from Russia
Potatoes

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

Hill of Crosses

Amazing place. Been there

Kaunas

Second largest city holding the amazing Kaunas castle

Orvidas Garden

This is an incredibly unique sculpture park of stone in an amazing setting of greenery. Created by lithuanian Orvidas who felt opressed during soviet times and decided to create a park around his home based on pagan culture. Amazing place to just wander around and study for fun

Sand Dunes

Found at the coastal city of Nida and they are spectacular

Trakai Island Castle
Gediminas' Tower
Kaunas Castle

Very interesting place.

Patriotism

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

Hill of Witches

Pherhaps the most famous of all sculpture parks. Located on the curonian spit at Joudkrante, this surely is a place to visit when going to Lithuania.

Klaipeda

Third biggest city in all of Lithuania although relatively small. Lots of prussian history and truly has a coastal feel to it.

Šiauliai

Although fourth biggest "city", it's more or less a a gorgeous town. Yes there are soviet style buildings but something about this town is so charming and beautiful.

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