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Why are Lithuanians obsessed with nature?

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In a country this green, there’s no shortage of opportunities to escape to nature.

Lithuanians love nature. No matter the season, they’re always ready to head outdoors. Hiking in forests, kayaking in rivers, even foraging wild mushrooms and berries – nature is the place where Lithuanians spend a lot of their free time. 

But why is nature so important to the Lithuanian lifestyle? Here’s what’s behind this obsession.

Nature everywhere

Wherever you are in Lithuania, pristine nature is only a few steps away. Despite industrial development of the 19-20th centuries, the country has preserved large spaces of natural forest. In fact, over a third of Lithuania is covered by forest, so you’re surrounded by greenery more often than not. And with more than 6,000 lakes dotted across Lithuania, you’re also never far from an opportunity to cool off.

The majority of Lithuanian cities and towns have a fair share of green spaces, too. The capital Vilnius is one of the greenest cities in Europe, while Kaunas and Klaipėda also boast multiple public parks and gardens. In a country this green, there’s no shortage of opportunities to escape to nature. It’s no surprise that Lithuanians often choose to do just that.

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