- 3 million
They say good things come in small packages and Lithuania is certainly tiny. Taking up only about 65,300 square kilometres of Eastern Europe, it manages to cram in a hugely diverse range of heritage, culture and natural beauty, making for an excellent piece of proof for this rule.
Situated on the Baltic Sea, perhaps the most awe-inspiring of all its features is the sandy, white Curonian Spit (a long, thin dune that separates the lake of the same name from the sea) – it’s not difficult to see why French writer Jean-Paul Sarte described it as being like the ‘entrance to paradise’. Despite this entrance setting a high bar, the rest of the country doesn’t disappoint. You can explore castles in Trakai, muddle through archeological sites in Kernave then take your pick of the five national parks to get a breath of really fresh air. For those of you with bad knees, the highest point in the country is less than 300 metres above sea level, so there’s no excuse not to get your walking shoes on.
It might be small and it might be quiet, but it’s definitely a country to yell to the world about.