Boasting nearly 350 thousand inhabitants, Kaunas is one of the most significant cities of Lithuania. It is situated at the heart of Lithuania, at the confluence of the rivers Neris and Nemunas. Kaunas is the second largest city in Lithuania, located 100 km away from the capital Vilnius. This fast-growing modern city is rich in academic life: functioning here are 6 universities, 2 academies and 3 affiliates of universities located in Vilnius.
Kaunas is also an attractive centre of business and industry as well as science, studies and culture. Famous music, dance, visual art festivals and exceptional projects are held in Kaunas. It is the provisional capital of Lithuania, famous for its colourful history, cosy parks, remarkable and wonderful Old Town and interwar spirit.
Kaunas was and still is an important historical and cultural Lithuanian city, also known for its active, young and ambitious people. In 1408, Magdeburg rights were granted to the city of Kaunas by the privilege of Vytautas the Great. In the early 20th century, Kaunas was the home of the Lithuanian Government and the capital of the country; this period is considered by many to be the golden age of the city. However, history tells us that even before this date, the city experienced many other periods of great prosperity and national importance.