JA Marketplace is one of the biggest Student Company events in Europe gathering together more than 100 Student Companies and their business advisers from the whole Europe. Each year the participants get to take part in a Trade Fair which is organized in a shopping centre during which they get evaluated by a jury consisting of different field specialists which give the companies great experience and growth possibilities. During this Trade Fair, the best Companies in the nominations and also the Company of the Marketplace is found and afterwards congratulated at the Award Ceremony. Also, during the Marketplace, the Teachers and Staff members get a chance to participate in the JA International Teacher's Conference, and the students - in different activities organized by JA Lithuania and their partners.
Lithuania – the geographical center of Europe
In 1989, a group of French scientists announced that the geographical centre of Europe was just to the north of the Lithuanian capital Vilnius – 26 kilometres to be exact – near the village of Purnuškės. Welcome to the heart of Europe!
Lithuania is also described as a state in Northern Europe that has borders with Latvia, Belarus, Poland and Russia. The state is an active member of the European Union since 1 May 2004 and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) since 29 March in that same year. Lithuania is a member of the Schengen Agreement, as well.
A peace from Lithuania‘s history ...
Lithuania is the only Baltic country with more than eight hundred years of statehood tradition and its name was first mentioned one thousand years ago, in 1009. The first settlers of Lithuania arrived in approximately 12, 000 B. C. In 3,000–2,500 B. C., the Indo-European Balts came to live here. Between the 5th and 8th centuries tribal groupings formed in the western territories: Prussians, Yotvingians, Curronians, Zemgalians, Lithuanians and Latgallians. In the Middle Ages, Lithuania had already had its state: the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Once in the Middle Ages (15th century), Lithuania was the largest state in the entire continent of Europe, where crafts and overseas trade prospered.
Nations under the sky of Lithuania
The population of Lithuania is around 2.9 million people, of which 84.2 % are Lithuanians, 6.6 % are Poles, 5.8 % are Russians, 1.2 % Belarussians and 2.2 % are others. The total number of nationalities living in Lithuania is 154. Did you know that Lithuania was a heaven of tolerance (and it is until now)? Grand Duke Gediminas (1275-1341) – founder of Vilnius and the first Grand Duke of the family of Lithuanian rulers during 300 years– made Lithuania a 'haven of tolerance'.
Lithuanian is the oldest living Indo-European language that belongs to the Baltic language group. It is more ancient than Greek, Latin, German, Celtic and it is used just by four million people across the world. As a matter of fact, the Lithuanian language is not easy to learn because it has numerous inflections, shifting accents, letters often look unfamiliar to a foreigner: ą, ę, į, ų, ė, č, š, ž, ū. Still, at least in one respect the Lithuanian language is simpler than English or French: words are almost always pronounced as they are written.
Lithuania – country with the fastest public Wi-Fi
Lithuania now firmly holds the 1st place in Europe according to high-speed internet users as percentage of total population. access is possible (free) in the major shopping malls, libraries, restaurants and hotels (ask in advance). A few streets and squares in the main cities and resorts have free municipal wireless internet coverage.
The oldest and the leading technical universities in Northern Europe are in Lithuania
Vilnius University, founded in 1579, is amongst the oldest universities in Northern Europe and is also the largest university in Lithuania. On the other hand, Kaunas University of Technology is the leading technical university in the Baltic States and the second largest university in the country.
Vilnius – Europe‘s capital of hot air balloons
Before 21 years aeronautics started in Lithuania. Today Lithuania is one of the most developed country in the area of aeronautics not only in Europe but also in the whole world. It is a huge achievement. Lithuania is at the first position in the world in terms of number of hot air balloons per citizen. Vilnius is one of the few European capital cities where a person can fly with hot air balloons.
Lithuania lies in the area of temperate forest zone, which has its characteristic flora and fauna. Most of forest is coniferous, spruce and birch, with alder, ash, aspen and oak found in smaller numbers - forest land makes up almost one third of the country’s area.
Although Lithuania is a small country, here are 816 rivers and more than 2,800 lakes.
Lithuania has the highest density of white stork population in Europe with 21 000 pairs. That is why Lithuania is known as a land of storks and the stork is our country’s national bird.
Lithuania has been a member of the European Union since 2004; therefore, all citizens of the European Union and the European Economic Zone may cross the border of Lithuania without visa. Remember to take a valid travel document - passport or identity card and a valid health and life insurance policy, and you can stay in Lithuania not just for 3 days but for up to 90 days during a six-month period.
Kaunas, a sprawling city 100km west of Vilnius at the confluence of the Nemunas and Neris Rivers, has a compact Old Town, an abundance of artistic and educational museums, and a fascinating history. A sizeable student population provides plenty of energy, and some rough edges give it that extra bit of spice.