Official Name: Republic of Lithuania.

State of Lithuania: Lithuania is an independent, democratic republic; legislative power is divided between Parliament (Seimas), the President, the Government and the Judicial Power.

Form of Government: Parliamentary Democracy.

Head of State: Dalia Grybauskaitė (President).

Head of Government: Saulius Skvernelis (Prime Minister).

National Day: February 16, Independence Day.

Post

Name

Took Office

President

Dalia Grybauskaité

July 2009

Prime Minister

Saulius Skvernelis

November 22, 2016

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Linas Antanas Linkevičius

December 13, 2016

Minister of Education, Science and Sports

Algirdas Monkevičius

January 2019

Minister of Justice

Elvinas Jankevičius

May 15, 2018

Minister of National Defence

Raimundas Karoblis

December 13, 2016

Minister of Environment

 Kestutis Navickas

December 13, 2016

Minister of Transport and Communications

Rokas Masiulis

December 13, 2016

Minister of Finance

Vilius Šapoka

December 13, 2016

Minister of the Interior

Eimutis Misiūnas

September 22, 2016

Minister of Social Security and Labour

Linas Kukuraitis

December 13, 2016

Minister of Economy and Innovation

Virginijus Sinkevičius

November 28, 2017

Minister of Culture

Mindaugas Kvietkauskas

January 11, 2019

Minister of Health

Aurelijus Veryga

 December 13, 2016

Minister of Agriculture

Giedrius Surplys

May 15, 2028

Minister of Energy

Zygimantas Vaiciunas

December 13, 2016

Population: 3,525,761 inhabitants (est. July 2012). According to estimates, 2 million Lithuanians on foreign soil.

Ethnic breakdown: Lithuanian 84.1%; Polish 6.6%, Russian 5.8%, Belarusian 1.2%.

Capital: Vilnius, founded in 1323. The stately city of Vilnius is one of the largest and most beautiful in Central and Eastern Europe. It is considered World Heritage site.

Largest cities and their population: Vilnius 554,409 people; Kaunas 358,111 people; Klaipéda 185,936 people; Šiauliai 128,397 people, and Panevėžys 114,582 people.

Official language Lithuanian.

Religion: Around 80% of the population is Roman Catholic.

GDP per capita: 17,310 dollars (World Bank, World Development Indicators, 2011).

Currency: The official currency is the Euro.

Total area : 65,300 km2.

Location: In Eeastern Europe. It borders the Baltic Sea and Latvia, Belarus, Poland, and Russia.

Climate: Transitions between maritime and continental. The average temperature is +23°C in July and -4.9°C in January.

Mexico and Lithuania established diplomatic relations on May 31, 1938 and signed a Friendship Treaty in Washington, D.C. Mexico did not recognize the occupation of Lithuania by the Soviet Union and condemned its subsequent annexation. On November 5, 1991, Mexico and Lithuania exchanged diplomatic notes in order to restore relations, with a concurrent accreditation of their respective ambassadors.

Over 20 years of diplomatic relations a legal framework has been built up, on which the bilateral relations between the two countries has rested. This has included the Visa Exemption Agreement for Diplomatic and Official Passports (2002), the Cooperation Agreement in the Fields of Education, Culture, the Arts and Sport (2003) and the Convention for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion (2012).

President Valdas Adamkus, along with a group of businessmen, made the first visit by a president of the Baltic countries to Mexico in January, 2002, which considerably furthered the bilateral relationship. Additionally, in the framework of the III EU-LAC Summit, which was held in Guadalajara in 2004, the acting President of Lithuania, Arturas Paulauskas, met with then-President Vicente Fox, while President Valdas Adamkus met briefly in private with President Felipe Calderon on March 9, 2008, during an unofficial visit to Mexico.

For their part, the Foreign Affairs Ministers Patricia Espinosa and Vygaudas Ušackas met in 2009 as part of the 119th Session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in Madrid, Spain. Here they reaffirmed their willingness to cooperate on issues on the EU’s agenda, as well as to establish a diplomatic exchange project to spread knowledge about Latin America, with a view to Lithuania’s coming presidency of the EU in 2013.

To date, the Reunions for Bilateral Political Consultations have met twice (2002 and 2008). In these meetings, it was agreed to promote cooperation in the fields of biotechnology, nanotechnology, information technology, and the environment, among others, as well as to promote overall scientific and technological cooperation.

At the parliamentary level, a highlight has been the recent formation of the Group for Interparliamentary Relations with Mexico in the Seimas.

Lithuania has participated with Mexico in cross-cultural events such as the "Kino Pavasaris Days of Latin American Culture Festival," held on October 2011, which included the projection of Mexican films such as A tiro de piedra (A stone’s throw), Jean Gentil, and Las marimbas del infierno (Marimbas from hell). Also presented was the photographic exhibition Sonidero City by Swiss photographer Mirjam Wirz, which showcased the culture surrounding cumbia music in Mexico.

Collaborative activities continued to develop throughout 2012. Ambassador Pavilionis Žygimantas visited Mexico on February 22-23, 2012. He met with the Mexican head of the General Directorate for Europe, Amb. José Ignacio Madrazo; during this visit, the Convention for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion Regarding Income Tax was signed.

From March 8-11, 2012, the Mexican musician Javier Nandayapa participated in the Ukmergé Percussion Festival. Maestro Nandayapa appeared in the section "World Music Percussion", playing the marimba with a Chamber Orchestra, and held a master class titled “Music and Mexican Traditions.” During the closing ceremony the newly formed “Ensemble in Homage to Zeferino Nanadayapa,” honoring the musician's father, was introduced to the public. Nandayapa eventually settled in Lithuania.

In the educational field there has been a steady exchange of scholarship holders and other students. Annually, the Mexican ministry of Foreign Affairs (S.R.E.) offers 3 scholarships to students from Lithuania, as well as extending a general invitation to their Courses for Foreign Diplomats, offered at the I.M.R.

Mexico and Lithuania have signed several accords to date, including:

- Visa Exemption Agreement for Diplomatic and Official Passports, signed in Mexico City on January 25, 2002; effective since April 26, 2002.

- Cooperation Agreement in the fields of Education, Culture, Art and Sports between the Government of the United Mexican States and the Government of the Republic of Lithuania. Signed in Mexico City on January 24, 2002, effective since July 18, 2003.

- Additional Protocol for the Economic Association, Political Accordance, and Cooperation Agreement between the United Mexican States and the European Community and its Member States. Signed on April 2, 2004, became effective on May 1, 2004.

- Convention for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion Regarding Income Tax, signed on February 23, 2012.

Honorary Consul (Advokate) Ieva Kubiliene

Mindaugo 14

LT 03255, Vilnius

Tel. (+370) 687 50658

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Mr. Rolandas Kriščiūnas

Mr. Ronén Waisser Landau

Address: Avenida Veracruz 23, Col. Condesa, c.p. 06140 Mexico City.

Telephone: + 52-55-5596 2945+ 52-55-5596 2945

Fax: + 52 55 5596 6721

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On January 24, 2002, the Cooperation Agreement in the fields of Education, Culture, Art and Sports was signed with Lithuania in Mexico City. On this basis, scholarships and grants are offered annually.

In Lithuania, the Foundation for the Support of Educational Exchance (EESF) is in charge of international cooperation in educational matters. The Foundation invites nominations for scholarship holders, students, teachers and researchers from Mexico to apply for a grant to study or research in various institutions of higher education in the Republic of Lithuania. For more information visit: www.smpf.lt

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