About Baltic States

Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia – these three independent Baltic countries are often referred to as sisters. Yet each country has a different language and a unique culture.

The old towns of the capitals of all three countries – Vilnius, Riga, and Tallinn – are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Many natural sites in the Baltic States are also included in this list, so it is not surprising that Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia are esteemed for their breathtaking landscapes.

We invite you to escape from the pressures of everyday life, the crowded cities, the routine, and enjoy the peace of nature in the Baltic States, get acquainted with the unique culture and traditions of each country, and see how people live in this small but magical corner of the world.

Nature

For the people of the Baltic States, nature is one of the most significant, most protected, cherished, and valued things. The Baltic countries have a natural ecosystem that is rarely found in many places – a large part of the land is completely untouched by human hands. Peace and unique natural beauty guarantee relaxation and rest.

Lithuania. Lithuanian cities are often considered the greenest in Europe; they are rich in parks, lawns, woods, and forests, even in the largest city of the country! Not to mention the villages and hamlets surrounded by centuries-old forests, stretching across the horizon, and spectacular lakes.

Latvia. Latvia has equally stunning untouched nature. This country is special in that it has almost 500 km of coastline along the Baltic Sea and is characterized by extremely beautiful wild beaches. There are four national parks in Latvia, which protect rock formations, blue mountains, and impressive cliffs and lakes.

Estonia. The Estonian landscape has many similarities to the Lithuanian forests, plains, and lakes. There are plenty of protected areas, where the waterfalls, meteorite craters, steep cliffs, and other natural wonders make a unique impression.

Culture

Baltic States is proud of its long list of cultural heritage sites of world significance, which are protected by UNESCO. The architecture of these countries is defined by the work of famous architects and their students, representing the most famous schools and tendencies in European architecture. Moreover, Baltic culture is defined not only by architecture or historical events but also by the changing tapestry of inhabitants over the ages, their perception of art, their dreams – realized and unrealized – their understanding of the place where they live, and what they wanted to show the world. You can learn about this rich culture, not only in museums and galleries but also in open-air guided tours or on your own.

Traditions

Even in the most difficult times, even far from their homeland, the people of the Baltic States adhere to their traditions and customs. These are like life-sustaining roots that allow them to feel what was important to their ancestors. The historical context of traditions helps to nurture one’s identity.

Although people live in cities in a more modern rhythm, old crafts that are traditionally made by hand are still cherished here. These include such crafts as pot ringing, leather goods, weaving, wood carving, wool felting, amber products, or baking traditional bread in the old special oven.

Of course, traditions and customs are reflected not only in the crafts but also in festivities and the way they are celebrated. One of the most famous traditional holidays in the Baltic States is the Song and Dance Festival, which is also included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
It is commonly thought that on Christmas Eve, animals talk aloud. During Mardi Gras, A woman made of straw and called More is burned. She is asked to expel the winter from our yard. People traditionally decorate themselves with masks and eat pancakes during this festival.

In the spring, handmade Easter palms are made during Easter, with which people whip each other saying “I’m not beating you, the palm is beating you.” And in the summer, on the shortest night, following the Baltic tradition, people look for flowering ferns and burn bonfires.

We must not forget the fairy tales, tales, and proverbs that travel from mouth to mouth through the ages, and especially the legends that surround almost every city and object.

Urban life

In the Baltics, city life in a sense is like elsewhere: people work in offices or services, and students spend time in universities or schools.

However, besides these activities, things are constantly happening here: artists make movies, build performances, paint graffiti, people sing in the street just for fun, while others show performances on the sidewalk. Others just stroll through the streets, socialize, walk through museums and galleries, and attend the dozens of events that happen each day.

People here live a very active lifestyle. It is common to be doing something all the time. There are numerous competitions: walking, running, cycling, swimming, sailing, dancing, film, painting–anything that you could possibly come up with.

People here enjoy good jazz, theme parties, stargazing at night, they dance barefoot by the sea, fill the theater and drink the pulsating energy of events, good emotions, and communion.