This relatively young EU member, they joined in 2004, has a very long history of oppression but also one of breaking free and developing. Nowadays, Lithuania is home to people from 154 countries and if you’re wondering why they moved there, have a look at what the geographical centre of Europe has got to offer.
Lithuania has got the fastest Internet in the world, which is perfect for digital nomads and people who work online. Employment numbers have risen beyond the pre-crisis level and those looking for a career in the country may find plenty of opportunities here.
A third of the country is covered by forests and many of them are protected and part of national parks. Lithuanians know how to enjoy their environment; there are more hot air balloons per head in Lithuania than anywhere else in the world.
In a different country, you will most likely find different customs and culture and Lithuania is no exception. An old Lithuanian superstition is that whistling inside is bad luck because it attracts ghosts. Lithuanians are proud of themselves and their country, so keep a positive attitude towards the place and the people. Lithuanians love basketball so if you’re looking for a topic to break the ice, talk about their favourite sport.
Citizens of the European Economic Area (EEA) can live and work freely in Lithuania. For non-EEA citizens, here are the options for residency visas:
Lithuania have a great startup programme including a residency visa if you operate in one of the following fields: Biotechnologies,Nanotechnologies, Information Technologies, Mechatronics, Electronics or Laser Technologies.
You must be at least a part owner of the newly founded company and have enough financial resources to achieve your set business goals for one year.
A work contract is needed to apply for a work visa and employers can only hire a foreigner if they are unable to find a suitable Lithuanian for the position they’re looking to fill.
A work permit is valid for a period up to two years and bound to one employer and job position. When a contract ends before the work permit expires, it loses its validity.
If your spouse is a citizen or permanent resident of Lithuania, you are probably eligible for residency. Please note that your spouse needs to be a recognised and registered spouse or partner as per local laws.
If one or both of your parents were citizens when you were born, you are probably also a citizen.
If you are the descendant of a grandparent or great grandparent who was a citizen of Lithuania before June 15 1940 and who left Lithuania before March 11 1990, you may be eligible for the restoration of citizenship. Click here for further details.
If you have been legally residency in Lithuania for 10 years you can apply for citizenship by naturalisation. Click here for information on how to proceed with this.
If your spouse is a citizen you can apply for citizenship after being resident in Lithuania for a period of 7 years. Please note that your spouse needs to be a recognised and registered spouse or partner as per local laws.
The passport for Lithuania allows you to travel to 154 countries without a visa.
Its global rank is 30.