Lithuania

Population

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The country profiles are intended to provide some background and context for the descriptions of the churches. These profiles should be read in conjunction with those of the churches in the country.

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3255000
Surface area:65200 km2
Capital:Vilnius
GNI per capita:10320 US$
Classification:Developed economy
Languages:

Lithuanian

Religions:

Christian: 88.80%

Atheist: 0.73%

Muslim: 0.19%

Jewish: 0.14%

(source: WCD)
Christianity:

Catholics: 2570800

Orthodox: 152200

Protestants: 39960

Independent: 21600

Pentecostals: 3400

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Like the other Baltic states, Lithuania only knew independence between the two world wars.  During the first World War it was occupied by Germany.  After they withdrew, Lithuania declared independence only to be invaded by the Russian Bolshevik army, followed by Poland.  In 1939 the Soviet Union annexed Lithuania.  The country formally achieved independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, the last Russian troops withdrew in 1993, and the first elections were held in 1996.  Like other Baltic states, Lithuania struggles with corruption, environmental degradation, and the large-scale transition from communism to private enterprise.  It joined NATO and the European Union in 2004.  The Roman Catholic Church has always been strong in Lithuania and continues to be the largest Christian presence in the country.  Under Soviet influence the churches experienced severe repression, but the Roman Catholic Church was influential in the struggle for Lithuanian independence.  There are no WCC member churches based in this country.

 

(source:  In God's Hands)

 

Ecumenical Organizations and Councils

WCC member churches based in Lithuania

    WCC member churches present in Lithuania

    Note: The list of churches present in countries is still in development.

    Last updated: 01/01/06