2004 INDEXCountry Ranks
Lithuania Introduction - 2004
SOURCE: 2004 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK
Independent between the two World Wars, Lithuania was annexed by the USSR in 1940. On 11 March 1990, Lithuania became the first of the Soviet republics to declare its independence, but Moscow did not recognize this proclamation until September of 1991 (following the abortive coup in Moscow). The last Russian troops withdrew in 1993. Lithuania subsequently has restructured its economy for eventual integration into Western European institutions. It will accede to the EU in May 2004 and to NATO in the summer of 2004.
NOTE: The information regarding Lithuania on this page is re-published from the 2004 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Lithuania Introduction 2004 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Lithuania Introduction 2004 should be addressed to the CIA.