Noted for some of Europe’s cleanest and healthiest tap water, Vilnius is the capital city for the Republic of Lithuania–one of three Baltic states in Northern Europe besides Estonia and Latvia. Lithuania became a European Union member on May 1, 2004.
Vilnius is Lithuania’s major economic engine, ranks among the biggest Baltic financial centers and represents its country’s wealthiest region.
Lithuania exported US$25 billion worth of products around the globe in 2016. Lithuania’s highest-value exported products are refined petroleum oil, furniture, nitrogenous fertilizers and wheat according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Vilnius, Lithuania: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: St. Anne’s Church, Cathedral (Arkikatedra Bazilika), Holy Spirit Orthodox Church, Lithuanian Art Museum, Europa Tower, Vilnius University and the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Vilnius, Lithuania:
- Lina Kačiušytė, gold medal swimming champion (born Jan. 1, 1963)
- Laura Asadauskaitė, gold medal pentathalon winner (born Feb. 28, 1984)
- Martynas Pocius, national basketball team player (born Apr. 28, 1986)
- Ana Ambrazienė, hurdler & world recordholder (born Apr. 14, 1955)
- Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė, actress (born Jan. 20, 1963)
- Martynas Gecevičius, professional basketball player (born May 16, 1988)
- Šarūnas Sauka, painter (born Sep. 11, 1958)
- Deividas Šemberas, soccer player/footballer (born Aug. 2, 1978)
- Andrius Mamontovas, songwriter & producer (born May 13, 1962)
- Edgaras Jankauskas, soccer player/footballer & coach (born Mar. 12, 1975)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a resident of Vilnius: Vilnian
Population: 542,664 (Vilnius)
Density: 3,501 people per square mile (1,352 per square kilometer)
Population: 2,854,235 (Lithuania)
Density: 118 people per square mile (46 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$85.79 billion in 2016 (for Lithuania, per CIA World Factbook)
GDP per person: $29,900
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Vilnius were unavailable.
Official currency used in Vilnius: euro
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on January 14, 2017
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on January 14, 2017
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on January 14, 2017
Official Government Website, Vilnius. Accessed on January 14, 2017
The World Factbook, Europe: Lithuania, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on January 14, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on January 14, 2017
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Baltic States. Accessed on January 14, 2017
Wikipedia, Lithuania. Accessed on January 14, 2017
Wikipedia, Vilnius. Accessed on January 14, 2017
Vilnius city limits contain a land area measuring 155 square miles (401 square kilometers) with an estimated population of 542,664 inhabitants in 2015.
Within national borders, Lithuania’s land area covers 24,201 square miles (62,680 square kilometers). The country’s population count was 2.9 million people as of July 2016.
Population density is much more concentrated within Lithuania’s capital city Vilnius with an average 3,500 Vilnians per square mile (1,400 per square kilometer).
At the country level, population drop significantly to an average 118 people per square mile (46 per square kilometer) for Lithuania overall.
Lithuania established its independence from Soviet Russia and Germany on February 16, 1918. Lithuanians celebrate Independence Day as a national holiday each February 16.