Fact #1 - The longest word
Nebeprisikiškiakopūsteliaujantiesiems is with 37 characters the longest word and means "group of people who used to go into the forest to get grass for rabbits, but who don't do this anymore".
Fact #2 - Basketball
Basketball is the national sport of Lithuania. The country has already won three bronze medals at the Olympic Games and several players are successful in the American NBA.
Fact #3 - The Green River Vilnia
Every year on St. Patrick's Day the river Vilnia is colored emerald green. The idea for this comes from Chicago, where the Chicago River is dyed green every year.
Fact #4 - The Easter Grandma
Unlike in other countries, it is not the Easter bunny who hides the eggs at Easter, but Easter grandma ( Velykų Bobute). However, the Easter Bunny helps her to paint the eggs.
Fact #5 - Beginning of the end
Lithuania was the first member state of the Soviet Union to declare its independence. The whole thing happened in 1990 and only two years later the Soviet Union dissolved.
Fact #6 - The Lithuanian language
The language of Lithuania is part of the Indo-European language family and has been so little influenced by other languages that it is considered closest to the Indo-European original language.
Fact #7 - Superstition
Rye bread and salt are said to bring luck and are often offered to guests. Whistling in the house, however, brings bad luck and is said to conjure up evil spirits.
Fact #8 - National dish
The Lithuanian national dish Cepelinai is potato dumplings filled with minced meat or curd. The name Cepelinai is derived from Zeppelin, as the dish has the shape of airships.
Fact #9 - Independence Days
Lithuania has two independence days. One is 16 February, which celebrates independence after the First World War, and the other is 11 March, the regaining of independence from the Soviet Union.
Fact #10 - Hot air balloons
People in Lithuania love hot air balloons, and the small country has the highest number of hot air balloons per capita in the world.