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Bilateral linkages with Lithuania are limited. There is a small Lithuanian community centred in Auckland. As small nations, New Zealand and Lithuania share interests in common. New Zealand’s bilateral relationship with Lithuania is friendly with the President of Lithuania having made a State Visit to New Zealand in February 2006. The Minister of Foreign Affairs visited Lithuania in 2004. There is room to develop the relationship in terms of people-to-people links and cooperation at the multilateral level. New Zealand and Lithuania are looking at establishing a Working Holiday Scheme, which would allow young people to holiday, work and study in each other’s countries for up to a year.
Our bilateral trade relationship is modest (total two-way trade is $34 m for June year 2013). Fonterra has a whey sourcing partnership with Lithuanian dairy processor Rokiskio Suris AB.
Land Area: 65,300 sq km
Population: 3.0 million (2013)
Capital City: Vilnius
Language: Lithuanian; Russian is widely understood
Political system: Parliamentary democracy
National government: Four-party centre-left coalition centred on the Social Democratic Party and the Labour Party
National legislature: Unicameral Parliament (Riigikogu), of 101 members
Last election: 2012
Next election due: 2016
Head of State: President Dalia Grybauskaite (since 2009)
Head of Government: Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius (since 2012)
GDP: US$45,373 million
Real GDP growth: 2.9%
Exports: US$32,380 million
Main exports: Mineral products, machinery and equipment, chemicals
Imports: US$34,400 million
Current account balance: US$-123 million
NZ Exports (FOB): NZ$13 million
NZ Imports(CIF): NZ$21 million
The Safetravel website provides a travel advisory for travellers to Lithuania [external link].