The fate of a former capital

  • 1999-10-21
  • By Rokas M. Tracevskis
Now that its glory days have passed, Lithuania's second largest city is slipping behind Vilnius and Klaipeda. Rokas M. Tracevskis wonders whether Kaunas will become a provincial town.Kaunas, with its415,000 inhabitants,is second only to Vilnius (576,000) in population. However, observers now say that Kaunas is falling well behind Vilnius and Klaipeda (203,000 residents) in terms of economic growth, investments and, some even say, in cultural life. In spite of all this, Kaunas is still nicknamed the "temporary capital." Even one of the city's dailies carries this title: Laikinoji sostine...
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