Population: 3.7 million
GNP/capita: $ 2 700.USA
Area: 65 200 sq km
Form of government: Republic
Official. language: Lithuanian
DOS. exports: timber, building materials, light industrial products, minerals
DOS. types of import: lubricants, machinery and equipment, vehicles, HNP
Lithuania - a former independent large enough power, which is not Russified like Northern neighbors during the Soviet regime. On the other hand, remained surprisingly lot of Soviet thinking: the use of time, short-sighted planning, etc. In Lithuania, the Lithuanians make up 80% of the population. The industrialization of the country was only in the 60-ies - 70-ies, so the industrial structure of the country more perfect than the neighbors. Especially in good condition transport vehicle. Lithuania is the only in the Baltic States refinery and only nuclear power plant. Lithuania has largely been influenced by Poland. Polish Catholic traditions are also evident in the business. Punctuality is not as high as in the other Baltic countries. Women in business play a lesser role than in neighbouring countries. In the manner of dress and the practice of communication have a lot in common with Latvia. Entertainment, management, and relation to the Protocol have the same orientation. Business negotiation is often necessary Russian translators, but English and German can be surprisingly good to negotiate. Means of payment the best is the dollar and the German mark. All the Baltic countries oriented towards the West.Especially there is a desire to loosen the ties with parts of the former Soviet Union. It is felt in relation to foreigners: the ratio depends on what You can give. Impoverished people in connection with inflation. Life is Scarce, that upsets people.
Use becoming westernized
Normal. On domestic and foreign policy expressed different opinions. The guest should not take the side of one or the other interlocutors.
In a polite manner.
The influence of the Catholic religion is great.
The international practice. Better in the language of the client.
Youth is an asset in business, but the older generation can provide businesses with an invaluable service.
Can be a bit vague concept of time. Working hours usually from 9 to 17.30. The stores are open in different ways.
The difference is not so clear as in Estonia and Latvia.
Own currency litas . Except the ruble and Western currency for some time used temporary cash token pass.
WOMEN IN BUSINESS
The usual European.
In courtesy form, 'You' (Mr., Ms. + name).
ALIENS / ATTITUDE
Welcome, but with a sense of pride. The country has a multinational past. According to some, the country sold to foreign capital.
According to the Polish custom
Part of the Soviet type, and sharper than in neighboring countries.
'You' (Mr., Ms. + name).
An extreme manifestation of nationalism occurs. Pride in past greatness of Lithuania.
FOOD / CUSTOMS
The usual European.
Usually in restaurants. Lithuanians appreciate the gloss, but the means is not enough.
In the formative stage.
Not at a high level.
A WORK / SPARE TIME
Old style attitude toward time is still surprisingly strong.
Lithuanians are welcome, but know their value. In the service sector is still very much Soviet indifference.
Has no special traits.
SEATING AT THE TABLE
Without strict rules.
Often solemn , Patriotic and directed against political opponents.
Liberation from taboos. Sometimes we should not talk about past of man.
In restaurants, often the Soviet type, but there are also elegant restaurants.
Sport. Has no special traits.
Color flag of green - yellow-red.
Important ceremonies associated with Patriotic traditions.
Give a little
In addition to their language, as a rule, speak Russian. Relatively young people speaks English well. I understand Polish. German and French are taught, but they often are.
WHAT ELSE SHOULD BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT
Independence day - 11.3.