Lithuania is open to international partnerships and global challenges, and consistent in its value choices.
Reliable partners. International organisations, including NATO and the EU, consider Lithuania a reliable member state and a partner that actively helps other Eastern European countries along the path of integration.
We support the pursuit of freedom and democracy. To express solidarity and support for the democratic aspirations of the citizens of neighbouring Belarus, we joined together in a Way of Freedom in August 2020, forming a living chain that stretched 32 km from Vilnius to Medininkai on the Belarusian border. We thus also marked the 31st anniversary of the Baltic Way, in which on 23 August 1989, more than a million people clamouring for independence from the Soviet Union joined hands in a human chain linking the three Baltic capitals of Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn.
In response to events in Belarus, Vilnius University has decided to establish “Grand Duchy of Lithuania Scholarships” for outstanding applicants, offering them an opportunity to study at the university free of charge along with other financial incentives. At the same time, Vilnius University offered to welcome transfer students from Belarus who have been persecuted there for civic or political reasons.
Meeting global challenges. Challenges related to countries closing their borders due to COVID-19 led Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to become the first EU member states to permit free movement of each other’s citizens, creating a Baltic “travel bubble”.
Cyber security leaders. Lithuania currently ranks 4th in the world on the National Cyber Security Index, behind only the UK, the USA and France. As recently as 2017, Lithuania was 57th in this ranking. In just a few years, we’ve strengthened our cyber capabilities, promoted innovation and crime prevention, and improved public-private co-operation. But we’re not stopping there. Sustainable infrastructure and reliable and flexible IT talent continue enabling first-class cybersecurity services even as the country’s universities train cybersecurity professionals. Over 10,000 students are studying IT, and some 38,000 professionals are specialists in ICT.
Rapid Response Squad. Lithuania leads an international cyber rapid response team that assists key European Union institutions on security issues.
Lithuania is the centre of an international fintech coordination network. Lithuania is the centre of the Network of Fintech Coordinators established under the “17+1” arrangement between Central and Eastern European Countries and China, a format to support cooperation in transport, investment, financial services, agriculture, culture, education, healthcare and other areas.
Passport power. The Republic of Lithuania has one of the world’s leading passports in terms of the possibilities it offers. In 2021, we are ranked 11th in the world, tied with Slovakia and Poland. Lithuanians can freely visit 181 countries of the world without obtaining a visa in advance.