Lithuania in the news
23rd March, 2004
|Vilnius - Among Leaders for Quality of Life|
Vilnius panorama from Gediminas Hill
The facade of the State Drama Theatre in Vilnius
Vilnius was declared to have a better quality of life than its neighbours - Warsaw (Poland), Tallinn (Estonia), Riga (Latvia). Among all the cities of Central and Eastern Europe only Prague (Czech Republic), Budapest (Hungary) and Ljubljana (Slovenia) were deemed to be ahead of Vilnius.
Eglė Špokaitė and Edvardas Smalakys
in Lithuanian Ballet's production of "Giselle".
Photo: Michail Raškovski
The low crime rate in Vilnius was also noted in a survey last year by Mercer Human Resources Consulting, when Vilnius was declared to be the third safest city in Eastern Europe, sharing that position with Prague and behind only Bratislava and Ljubljana. In fact, Vilnius was seen as safer than some cities in Western Europe, such as Milan, Athens and Rome.
Sources: BNS March 23, 2004, ELTA March 4, 2003