Theme Week Belarus – Grodno

29 July 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  14 minutes

© flickr.com - Alexej Mazurkiewicz/cc-by-sa-2.0

© flickr.com – Alexej Mazurkiewicz/cc-by-sa-2.0

Grodno is a city in western Belarus. The city is located at the Neman river, 300 km (186 mi) from Minsk, about 15 km (9 mi) from the Polish border and 30 km (19 mi) away from Lithuania. In 2019 the city had 373,547 inhabitants. Grodno is the capital of Grodno Region and Grodno District. Since 1945, the city has been a centre of one of the provinces of the Byelorussian SSR, now of the independent Republic of Belarus. Most of the Polish inhabitants were expelled or fled to Poland in 1944–1946 and 1955–1959. However nowadays Poles are still the second-most numerous nationality in the city (25%), after Belarusians (60%).   read more…

The Druskininkai resort in Lithuania

13 July 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

Lake Druskonis and City Museum © Vpavardenis

Lake Druskonis and City Museum © Vpavardenis

Druskininkai is a spa town on the Neman River in southern Lithuania in the Alytus County, close to the borders of Belarus and Poland. The city of Druskininkai has a population of 18,233 and dates back as a spa resort to the 19th century. The town is situated in a picturesque landscape with rivers, lakes, hills and forests.   read more…

Kaunas, the second largest city in Lithuania

8 June 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: European Union, General, European Capital of Culture Reading Time:  8 minutes

State Musical Theatre © Creative

State Musical Theatre © Creative

Kaunas is the second-largest city in Lithuania and has historically been a leading centre of Lithuanian economic, academic, and cultural life. Kaunas was the biggest city and the center of a powiat in Trakai Voivodeship of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania since 1413. During Russian Empire occupation it was the capital of the Kovno Governorate from 1843 to 1915. It became the only temporary capital city in Europe during the Interwar period. Now it is the capital of Kaunas County, the seat of the Kaunas city municipality and the Kaunas district municipality. It is also the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kaunas. Kaunas is located at the confluence of the two largest Lithuanian rivers, the Nemunas and the Neris, and near the Kaunas Reservoir, the largest body of water entirely in Lithuania.   read more…

Alytus, center of the Dzūkija region

11 April 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  4 minutes

Aerial view of Alytus © Auriukux

Aerial view of Alytus © Auriukux

The sixth largest city in the country, the biggest regional economic, administrative, cultural and educational centre of Southern Lithuania. Alytus occupies 40 square kilometres with more than 68 thousand inhabitants.   read more…

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