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Vilnius Monthly is Lithuania 's international magazine – created by and for the international community, and for friends of Lithuania around the world. It is our belief that Lithuania offers an exceptional quality of life and unlimited prospect for the future, and Vilnius Monthly is a showcase for this beautiful country – the people, events, history and culture that combine to make Lithuania one of the best kept secrets on the continent!
THIS IS WHAT WE ARE WRITING ABOUT IN 2006:
Issue No: COUNTRY IN FOCUS: Main Feature POLITICAL INTERVIEW: BUSINESS FOCUS: REAL ESTATE: CULTURE: HIDDEN HISTORY: VISIT LITHUANIA: MAP OF THE MONTH:
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AUSTRALIA Kaunas – politics economy Andrius Kubylius, the Conservative Leader Free Economic Zones Kaunas properties market M.K. Ciurlionis Lithuania 1918-1940 KAUNAS - the second biggest city in Lithuania KAUNAS CITY
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ESTONIA Lithuanians in the World Arturas Palauskas, Chairman of SEIMAS Why is Estonia ahead? Signatory's House at Pilies 26 Vilnius ' cultural life 1918 The 1918 Declaration of Freedom SIAULIAI - once strictly military THE “SUN MAP” OF THE WORLD
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IRELAND Lithuania 's Catholic Church CardinalAudrys BACKIS Ireland 's economical wonder Irish real estate investments in Lithuania Lithuanian Church culture Mother of Pope John Paul PANEVEZYS - where industry again is growing VILNIUS CHURCHES
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HOLLAND Lithuania 's burning environment questions Arunas Kundrotas, Minister of Environment Forest wood industry Wooden houses and log homes Children Book Festival Dzukija Region ALYTUS - the champagne town LITHUANIAN FORESTS >
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POLAND Centuries of Polish-Lithuanian Relationship Antanas Valionis, the Foreign Minister Today's LT-Polish business relations Polish influence in architecture LT-Polish culture, tightly linked St. Casimir (1458-83), refused the Throne MARIJAMPOLE - at the Polish border POLAND-LITHUANIA'S HISTORY
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SWEDEN Lithuanian banks and credit institutions Kestutis Daukšys, Minister of Economy Sweden is Lithuania 's biggest investor Urban planning – Vilnius' new Master-plan Midsummer celebration traditions The Swedish-Lithuanian Kingdom KLAIPEDA - port city since the 13 th century THE VASA KINGDOM
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FRANCE Nuclear energy Vladimiras Prudnikovas, Minister of Culture Cognac Wines in Lithuania UNESCO and its impact on Vilnius French Culture in Lithuania Napoleon's Army and its Vilnius destiny NIDA and its huge sand dunes EUROPE 1789
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SLOVAK REPUBLIC What was, in reality, the iron curtain? Gediminas Kirkilas, Minister of Defence East European business relations Vilnius ' suburbs development Is Soviet culture alive in Lithuania ? 1944, the year when the Iron Curtain fell PALANGA - Lithuania 's Baltic Sea resort town THE IRON CURTAIN MAP
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SPAIN LT tourism – outgoing and incoming Gintaras Jonas Furmanavicius, Minister of Interior How to make tourism profitable? Hotels and other tourist installations Picasso's influence on art in Lithuanian Spain and Lithuania 1936 - 1940 SILUTE - where Nemunas comes to its end THE KURSIU LAGOON
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HUNGARY Hungary 's 1956 revolt against the Soviet Union Gintautas Bužinskas, Minister of Justice Foreign Direct Investments Homes for retired people Baroque culture in Hungary Lithuania The Dual Monarchy Lithuania, 1867 - 1918 PRIENAI BIRSTONAS - where a Grand Duke hunted THE DUAL MONARCHY
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LEBANON Oil and Gas Vilija Blinkeviciute, Minister,Social and Labour How to manage and treat employees New shopping centres? Sniegena Chriscinaviciene Gallery The story of Lithuania 's castles mansions MAZEIKIAI -where the oil streams LITHUANIAN CASTLES MANSIONS
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JAPAN Traditional Lithuanian production its role today Kazimira Prunskiene, Minister of Agriculture LT business with Japan and the Far East Japanese Gardens in Lithuanian winter Grass under the linen table cloth Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat TELSIAI PLUNGE - Lithuania 's linen capitals LITHUANIA'S LINEN MAP