Facts For First Time Visitors

Facts and Figures About VMU

  • about 8000 Bachelor & 2000 Master degree students;
  • over 550 lecturers and researchers;
  • over 24 000 alumni (since 1989);
  • 40 BA and 52 MA degree programmes;
  • 3 BA and 15 MA degree programmes in English
  • 26 foreign language courses;
  • 10 faculties;
  • 17 university buildings in downtown Kaunas and nearby;
  • 197 partner universities of LLP / Erasmus programme in 30 countries;
  • bilateral relations with 83 higher education institutions in 29 countries
  • member of Campus Europae university network.

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Main Facts About Lithuania

  • Official Name Lietuvos Respublika / Republic of Lithuania
  • Location Eastern Europe. Borders with Latvia, Belarus, Poland and Kaliningrad Region
  • Government Parliamentary democracy with one legislative body, the Seimas
  • Population About 3.2 million (83.9 % Lithuanians, 5.4 % Russians, 6.6 % Poles, 5.5 % others)
  • Capital Vilnius
  • Language Lithuanian
  • Currency Litas (LTL)
  • Religion Roman Catholic
  • EU member since: 1 May 2004
  • NATO member since: 29 March, 2004
  • Largest Cities Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Šiauliai, Panevėžys

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Time Zone

Lithuania uses the Eastern European Time (GMT+2). The country utilizes Daylight Saving Time: on the last Sunday of March, when the countries of the Central European time zone spring forward one hour, and on the last Sunday of October, when Central European countries spring back one hour, Lithuania changes time too.

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Weather

Average winter temperature: –5°C (lowest –27°C), average summer temperature: +17°C (highest +35 °C). It is always difficult to forecast the temperature for the next winter or summer. It is recommended to have an umbrella with you in spring and autumn. In late spring storms can start suddenly. If you are coming in winter, do not forget your overcoat, woolen socks, sweaters, caps and gloves.

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Geography

Lithuania is the largest and the southernmost country of the three Baltic States. By its area (65,303 sq. km), Lithuania is larger than countries such as Denmark, Belgium and Switzerland. In the north, the Republic of Lithuania shares a border with Latvia, in the east and southeast – Belarus, in the southwest – Poland and Russia (Kaliningrad District). In 1989, the French National Geographical Institute named a spot on the road to Molėtai, 25 km north of Vilnius, as the very centre of Europe. A park of modern art sculptures, the Park of Europe, was established in this place.

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Timekeeping

Lithuanians are quite punctual. Thus, if they say that a party starts at nine o’clock, they will expect you to come at nine. Clubbing usually starts at 10–11 p. m. and ends, unlike in Southern countries, at 1–2 a.m.

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On a Visit

Usually when Lithuanians go to visit someone, they bring something to the host (e. g. wine, chocolate, cakes, etc.). It is not a must but it would be appreciated.

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Phone Calls

Lithuanians answer the phone with "Alio" or "Klausau" (hello), they do not start a conversation on the phone by telling their names. So if you call someone on a fixed phone, you can never be sure that you are talking to the person you wanted to call.

You can buy SIM cards for pre-paid phone services at kiosks or other places marked with the trademark of the service. If you need to find a particular landline phone number, you can call the national phone company TEO or dial the short number 118 for information. In order to make a long distance call, you need to dial 8, the city code, and a telephone number.

For making international calls, you have to dial 00 (the ‘+’ sign on mobile phones), a country code, a city code, and a phone number. In order to call a Lithuanian number from abroad you should dial +370-<city code>-<phone number>.

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Emergency Number

The emergency phone number used in Lithuania is 112. If you need to contact the firefighters, the police or the medics in the case of emergency, call 112. The calls on this number are free of charge.

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Post Office

The main post office of Kaunas is located in Laisvės al. 102. It is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

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