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Vilnius

Situated on the River Neris Vilnius (with the population of 543.000) is the heart of the country, the centre of science, economy, culture and politics, and the capital of finance.
 
The great intensity of social life in Vilnius is due to the location of the countrys administrative institutions, foreign embassies and diplomatic offices. Vilnius can offer you a great variety of theatres, orchestras and festivals, rich libraries, different cuisines, lots of clubs.
 
In Vilnius you will find a wonderful Old town, which belongs to the UNESCO protected World Heritage and is one of the largest in Eastern Europe with the fine examples of Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance and classical buildings as well as its medieval layout and natural setting. Modern glass and steel buildings in the trade areas are changing the city.
 
It will surprise you, but the geographical centre of Europe is located in Vilnius County . The ancient capitals Trakai and Kernavė are in Vilnius County as well.

National Holidays

1 January New Years Day
16 February Independence Day
11 March Restoration of Lithuania's State
(…) April Catholic Easter
1 May Labour Day
14 June Day of Mourning and Hope
24 June St. Johns Day (Joninės)
6 July Crowning of Mindaugas
15 August Assumption of the Blessed Virgin
1 November All Saints Day
25-26 December Christmas
 

Money

Lithuanian currency is Euro (€, EUR), which comes in denominations of €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500 banknotes, and €1, €2 coins. The valid currency for payments is euro; therefore you need exchange the currency upon arrival. Most hotels, restaurants, shops and petrol stations accept major credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, Eurocard, American Express, etc. 
 
http://www.lb.lt - Lithuanian Bank 
 
http://www.lithuanian-mint.lt - Mint of Lithuanian coins

Living Expenses

Since the living expenses are the most unpredictable and person-related issue, we are providing you with some examples of daily necessities:
  • Student hostel: about 120 EUR per month
  • Meal at the University canteen:  2-3 EUR
  • Monthly ticket for students for public transport within the city: 6 EUR
  • Cinema: 6 EUR, cup of coffee/tea: from 1 EUR (in cafés);
  • Copy A4: from 0,03 EUR

Food

The favourite Lithuanian national dishes are made of potatoes, flour, and pork. However, in the city you will find lots of cafes with Italian, German, Irish and other European and non-European dishes.
During the lectures it is the most comfortable to get a lunch in the University canteen and or University café “Arka” that are in the University central building; a lunch there is available for 2-3 EUR. Working hours:
Monday – Friday   9.00 – 16.00
Saturday –Sunday   closed

Public Transport

There is a convenient public transport system in Vilnius consisting of busses, trolley-busses and minibusses. Students have 80% discount for monthly tickets which are sold in kiosks.
More about Vilnius public transportation system http://www.vilniustransport.lt/en/ 

Phones

Emergencies
  • Ambulance: 03
  • Police: 02
  • Fire brigade: 01
  • Emergency number from mobiles: 112
 
There are three basic service providers of mobile connectivity: Omnitel, Bitė, and Tele 2. You can get the prepaid cards: Extra, Ežys (Omnitel), Labas (Bitė) or Pildyk (Tele 2) at all newsagents or designated trading places. Each of them offers different tariffs and terms, so you will be able to choose one which best suits your needs.
To phone Lithuania from a foreign country, you will need to first dial the code of the country (+370) and then the code of the city and phone number.
If you call an ordinary number in another city of Lithuania, dial 8, then the city code and the required phone number. For an international call, first dial 00, then dial the code of the country, city code and phone number.

Climate

Don’t forget that you are coming to a country where the weather in all four seasons is very different. Lithuania’s climate has gotten warmer in recent years; the average annual temperature is 6.5–7.9°C. July is the hottest month of the year (average temperature is about 19.7°C; the highest temperature is over 30°C). The coldest month is January (average temperature –2.9°C, lowest temperature may fall below –30°C).
Advice: take warm socks and sweater for the season from October to April.
You may find weather forecasts on the web: www.meteo.lt/english/  

Local Time

Lithuania is in Central European Time Zone: GMT+2 hours (+3 hours summer time).
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