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Capital: Vilnius
Territory: 65,200 sq km
Location: Eastern Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea, between Latvia and Russia
Geographic coordinates: 56 00 N, 24 00 E
Border countries: Belarus 502 km, Poland 91 km, Latvia 453 km , Russia (Kaliningrad) 227 km
Coastline: 99 km
People in Latvia:

Population: 3,601,138 (2002 est.)
Ethnic groups: Lithuanian 80.6%, Russian 8.7%, Polish 7%, Belarusian 1.6%, other 2.1%

Religion: Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Russian Orthodox, Protestant, Evangelical Christian Baptist, Jewish, Muslim
Languages: Lithuanian (official), Polish, Russian
Type of government: Parliamentary democracy
Administrative divisions: 10 counties include Alytaus, Kauno, Klaipedos, Marijampoles, Panevezio, Siauliu, Taurages, Telsiu, Utenos, Vilniaus.
Climate: The climate is transitional (between maritime and continental).
Terrain: Lowland
Elevation extremes: Lowest point: Baltic Sea 0 m
Highest point: Juozapines/Kalnas 292 m
Flag description: Three horizontal stripes. Yellow at the top, green in the middle, and red at the foot.
National Emblem: Independence Day, 16 February (1918) 11 March (1990) - independence from the Soviet Union
National holiday: Independence Day, 18 November (1918) - independence from Soviet Russia, 21 August (1991) - independence from the Soviet Union
Constitution: Adopted October 25, 1992
Legal system: Based on civil law system.
Industries: Agricultural machinery, computers and electronic components, television sets, refrigerators, freezers, furniture making, optical equipment, television sets, processed foods, fertilizers, petroleum refining.
Natural resources: Peat, arable land.
Official currency: Litas (LTL)