Vita Andrikytė

Baltic states

An intriguing trip through the 3 Baltic States.

The three countries that are located along the coast of the Baltic Sea – Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia – may share a coastline, but each has its own individual identity, language and culture. And, while they are three distinct autonomous countries, their deep historical links and geographical proximity have led to them being called “sisters.” And this close proximity offers tourists the unique opportunity to visit three fascinating countries in the space of one trip.

Capitals

The biggest country of the three, both in terms of its area and population, is Lithuania. It is also the southernmost of the Baltic countries.

Languages

Language-wise, both the Lithuanian and Latvian languages belong to the Indo-European language group, with Lithuanian considered one of the oldest languages in the world (it has similarities to Sanskrit).

Religion

Most Lithuanians are Catholics, while Latvians are predominantly Lutherans, and Estonians are mostly Evangelical Lutherans.

Seasons

The Lonely Planet has recently likened a trip to the Baltic States to a fairy tale, thanks to the abundance of enchanting castles, dunes, forests and lakes.

How to travel?

Best of all, travelling between these three fascinating countries is quick and easy. There are direct air links between the capital cities, while by bus or car the countries are connected by the Via Baltica highway.

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News

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