15 Interesting Facts About Vilnius

Facts About Vilnius

  1. Vilnius is classified as a Gamma global city according to GaWC studies, and is known for the architecture in its Old Town, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.
  2. The name of the city originates from the Vilnia River, from the Lithuanian for surge.
  3. Before the Magdeburg rights were granted to Vilnius in 1378, the city was overseen by the ruler’s vicegerents.
  4. Vilnius is one of the host cities for the 2020 FIFA Futsal World Cup.
  5. New-season of the web television series Stranger Things will be filmed in the now-empty Lukiškės Prison in 2020.
  6. Historical drama War & Peace was filmed in Vilnius by the BBC.
  7. The Population of Vilnius is 580,020 as of 2020.
  8. In the City Costs Barometer 2019, Vilnius was ranked as number one among the European capitals for offering the best value to visitors.
  9. The climate of Vilnius is considered as Humid Continental or Hemiboreal by Köppen climate classification.
  10. Vilnius is Lithuania’s major economic engine, ranks among the biggest Baltic financial centres and represents its country’s wealthiest region.
  11. The Capital of Lithuania is Vilnius.
  12. Vilnius is the major economic centre of Lithuania and one of the largest financial centres of the Baltic states.
  13. Vilnius is the starting point of the Vilnius-Kaunas-Klaipėda motorway that runs across Lithuania and connects the three major cities.
  14. Vilnius is twinned with: Aalborg, Denmark; Almaty, Kazakhstan; Brussels, Belgium; Budapest, Hungary; Chicago, United States; Chișinău, Moldova; Dnipro, Ukraine; Donetsk, Ukraine; Duisburg, Germany; Edinburgh, Scotland; Erfurt, Germany; Gdańsk, Poland; Guangzhou, China; Joensuu, Finland; Kyiv, Ukraine; Kochi, India; Kraków, Poland; Łódź, Poland; Madison, United States; Minsk, Belarus; Moscow, Russia; Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan; Oslo, Norway; Pavia, Italy; Piraeus, Greece; Reykjavík, Iceland; Saint Petersburg, Russia; Moscow, Russia; Salzburg, Austria; Stockholm, Sweden; Strasbourg, France; Taipei, Taiwan; Tallinn, Estonia; Tbilisi, Georgia & Warsaw, Poland.
  15. In 2017, Vilnius started the historically largest upgrade of its buses by purchasing 250 new low-floor buses.
Facts About Vilnius

Facts About Vilnius

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