Posts tagged as Lithuanians

Operation ‘Spring’, biggest Soviet deportation of 40,000 Lithuanians

Monday, May 25, 2020

On May 22, 1948, Soviet authorities began Operation ‘Vesna’. Over the course of two days, some 40,000 people from Lithuania were deported to Siberia; around a quarter of them were children. Those who survived and are alive today, recall hunger and humiliations. This story was published on May 23, 2019.   “Mum had a piece of smoked pork that she took it with her. Worms appeared during the trip [but…

Eight Lithuanians freed from modern slavery in Spain

Monday, May 25, 2020

Eight Lithuanian nationals have been freed from modern slavery Spain, Lithuanian Police said on Friday. Two other Lithuanian nationals were arrested in the operation in Valencia. Personal ID cards belonging to the victims, aged 29–44, and various documents were seized in the operation, as well as bank cards and over 10,000 euros in cash, believed to have been taken from the people kept as slaves. A man and a woman…

Lithuanians among the most numerous applicants for UK’s settled status

Friday, May 22, 2020

Nearly 177,000 Lithuanians have applied for the settled status in the UK, one of the biggest national groups and more numerous than French or Germans citizens. While migration to the UK has been on the decrease in recent years, the figure highlights the sheer size of the population that Lithuania has lost over the last decades. The UK government has recently released data, showing that 3.5 million EU citizens have…

Quarantine economy: Estonians cook, Latvians garden, Lithuanians gamble

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Except for grocery shopping, Lithuanians, Latvians and Estonians have been using their bank cards up to 50 percent less since the coronavirus epidemic began, according to data published by Swedbank. Each nation, however, has been focusing their spending on different things. According to the data collected by Swedbank’s research division, Estonians are hunkering down on food, Latvians are turning to gardening, and Lithuanians have been more prone to gambling. Here…

Shopping trips for elderly and free food – solidarity in time of crisis

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Lithuanians are coming together to cope with the  coronavirus   quarantine. People are offering to do shopping for their elderly neighbours while several restaurants are delivering free food to doctors. “If you’re over 60, have chronic diseases, had to isolate yourself for 14 days, or are alone with small children and no one to assist you, we can help,” says an ad in one of Vilnius apartment blocks. Neighbours are…

Charter flights from Spain, Lithuania extends humanitarian corridor

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Hundreds of Lithuanians will be flown back to Vilnius on two chartered flights from Tenerife. The flights have been organised by the Lithuanian government in cooperation with Tez Tour. The two flights are scheduled from Tenerife’s southern airport after midday local time, and the planes are scheduled to land in Vilnius before 21:00.  Read more:  Coronavirus updates: Over 900 tests done in Lithuania, clinic employee diagnosed with virus Inga Aukštuolytė,…

Lithuanians greet quarantine with Eurovision song and applause

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

People in Vilnius have joined their quarantined counterparts in Italy with a Eurovision twist. On Fire, a song by Lithuania’s Eurovision hopefuls The Roop, echoed in the Fabijoniškės district in Vilnius following the initiative of one local resident, Simonas Indrašius. “I thought, why not try to entertain the nation a little bit,” Indrašius told LRT.lt on Wednesday. “I saw similar actions where people clap for the medical workers around the…

Lithuanians less happy, more optimistic than EU peers

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Although 76 percent of Lithuanians said they are satisfied with their lives, the figure is below the EU average of 84 percent, according to the latest Eurobarometer survey. In Lithuania, 23 percent of respondents mentioned health and social security as one of the biggest problems in the country, matching the EU average. Other major problems included pensions (19 percent in Lithuania and 15 percent in the EU), as well as…

Coronavirus: Lithuanians ‘clearing out’ stocks of face masks

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Despite Lithuania not having a single case of coronavirus, the sale of face masks has gone up tenfold. The people are “clearing out face masks from the pharmacies,” director of BENU Vaistinė pharmacies, Rasa Marcinkevičienė, told LRT.lt. “Their sales rose ten-fold several days ago.” Other pharmacy chains reported similar results. Many of the buyers were foreign nationals who may have sent them to China, according to Laura Bielskė, the head…

Where do the Balts go to?

Monday, February 3, 2020

The Baltic countries have traditionally had high levels of emigration. It is estimated that 20% of Latvians live abroad, as do 17% of Lithuanians and 15% of Estonians. Western Europe is a hugely popular destination, while North America has also seen a big influx of Baltic immigrants over the years. So, what alternative places offer high standards of living and employment opportunities now? Dubai Dubai in the United Arab Emirates…