Lietuva in brief - 2013-04-04

  • 2013-04-03

A survey of visitors in Vilnius in 2012 commissioned by Vilnius’ city municipality has revealed just how much visitors from different countries spend in Vilnius, the city’s municipality reports. The biggest spenders at 635 litas (184 euros) per day are the Finnish, followed by Russians at 497 lats per day. Visitors from Russia and Belarus spend more of their money on tangible goods. The average money spent by a tourist in one day was found to be 275 litas, while total expenses over the duration of their stay averaged out to 1,120 litas. According to the survey, business-oriented visitors in Vilnius spent on average 643 litas per day. In 2012, tourists spent 35.3 percent of their expenses on housing accommodations, 22.8 percent on food, 22.7 percent on goods, 8.1 percent on transportation, and 6.8 percent on cultural and leisure activities.

More free WiFi internet access is available to Vilnius residents and visitors. Hotspots include the Cathedral square, Vokieciu street, the Teacher’s House courtyard, Sirvydo square, Moniuskos square, the White Bridge rest area and the Europos square.

In 2012, the number of emigrants from Lithuania dropped by 12,800, while the number of Lithuanian nationals who returned (re-migrated) to Lithuania grew by 3,300. The number of people who emigrated exceeded the number of those who immigrated 2.1 times, Statistics Lithuania reports. In 2012, according to the data of Statistics Lithuania, 41,100 persons emigrated from Lithuania. Compared to 2011, the number of emigrants decreased 1.3 times (by 12,800). There were, on average, 13.7 emigrants per 1,000 population (in 2011, 17.8).