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2020.01.03 08:00

LRT English Newsletter: A look back at 2019

Justinas Šuliokas, Benas Gerdžiūnas, LRT.lt2020.01.03 08:00

LRT English Newsletter – January 3, 2020

Happy new year, everyone. It is the time to tally up the year in the first newsletter of 2020.

MILESTONES

What were the milestones of 2019 in Lithuania? The country elected a new president, exchanged spies with Russia and engaged in a fair deal of culture wars – these are among the key events as seen by Lithuania’s leading journalists.

2019 IN PICTURES

LRT photographers take a literal look back at 2019 with their selection of the key moments they captured through their lenses.

LITHUANIA’S PLACE IN THE WORLD

It wasn’t plain sailing for Lithuania’s diplomats, who had to rally support for Vilnius’ embargo on Belarusian nuclear energy, convince their allies that Lithuania could use more military guarantees, and deal with a growing awareness of China’s ambition in this part of the world. Read Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius’ exclusive interview here.

TECH AND DIASPORA

Lithuania took pride in its startups, a dynamic bunch that now includes a unicorn and its increasingly visible expatriate community.

Expats, meanwhile, flocked back to Lithuania – 2019 will come down in history as the year when more people came to Lithuania than left, reversing the trend for the first time in three decades.
https://www.lrt.lt/en/news-in-english/19/1129769/lithuania-reports-positive-migration-for-first-year-in-three-decades

BALTIC NEIGHBOURS

Looking further afield, here's a roundup of the year in Latvia and Estonia.

YOUR WALLET NEXT YEAR

January is also the beginning of a new fiscal year and there comes a number of tiny and more significant tax and payout changes.

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Written by Justinas Šuliokas
Edited by Benas Gerdžiūnas