About Vilnius

Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania and its largest city, with a population of 542,664. Vilnius is located in the southeast part of Lithuania and is the second largest city in the Baltic states. It is the seat of the main government institutions of Lithuania as well as of the Vilnius District Municipality.

Moreover, Vilnius is a cosmopolitan city with diverse architecture. It is known for the architecture in its Old Town, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. The Old Town of Vilnius – its historical center, is one of the largest in Europe, covering the area of 360 ha. The most valuable historic and cultural sites are concentrated here. The buildings in the old town - about 1500- were built over several centuries, creating a blend of many different architectural styles. 

Population: 543 626 inhabitants
Ethnic Composition: Lithuanians 63.2%, Polish 16.5%, Russians 12%, Belarusians 3.5%, Others 4.8% (2011)
Location/ Territory: The capital city Vilnius occupies an area of about 400 sq. km of which 20.2% approximately is developed and the remainder is green belt (43.9% approx.) and water (2.1% approx.).
State Language: Lithuanian
State Religion: Roman Catholicism
Government: Mayor
Currency: Euro
Local Time: GMT + 2 hours (EET), GMT + 3 hour (summer time)
Weather: the average temperature in Lithuania in April is about +10 °C
Working Hours: Governmental institutions work from 8:00 to 17:00 Monday – Friday. Shops are usually open from 10:00 to 18:00 or 19:00 on weekdays and until 15:00 or 16:00 on Saturdays. Shopping malls are open all week from 10:00 to 22:00 Food stores are usually open between 8:00 and 10:00, some supermarkets are open till 00:00 at night.