Lithuania: History

  1. 1918

    Lithuania declares independence after three years of German Troops occupation during World War I.

  2. 1940

    Soviet Russia invades the Baltic region and incorporates Lithuania into the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR).

  3. 1990

    After several years of independence talks, the new chairman of the parliaments, Vytautas Landsbergis, pushes further for independence. This prompted USSR to impose embargoes on the country, causing several economic difficulties. Lithuania eventually agreed to suspend independence talks. 

  4. 1991

    After a year of economic turmoil, Lithuania decides to restore independence talks. After the vote on the referendum in favor of independence succeeds, the USSR recognizes Lithuania's independence and starts to withdraw its troops. Lithuania join the United Nations (UN) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). 

  5. 1994

    Lithuania joins the North Atlantic Treaty Agreement (NATO) partnership for peace program. 

  6. 2004

    Lithuania officially becomes part of the NATO and the European Union (EU).

  7. 2012

    Lithuania is back on track to adopt the euro currency in 2014 after being denied entrance due to its high level of inflation in the past. 


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