Country profile - Distinguishing factors (Lithuania)
Climate and geography
Lithuania covers an area of 65 300 km2. The country borders on Latvia in the north, Belarus and Poland in the east and south, the Kaliningrad region of the Russian Federation in the northwest, and the Baltic Sea in the west. In 1989, cartographers of the French National Geographic Institute determined that the geographical centre of Europe is located in Lithuania (geographical coordinates: 54Â°54'N, 25Â°19'E).
The relief of Lithuania is flat, except for the undulating plains in the east and west that do not exceed 300 m above sea level. Lithuaniaâs highest point is AukÅ¡tojo Hill (293.84 m above sea level). Lakes cover about 1.5 % of the territory. The largest of them is Lake DrÅ«kÅ¡iai (44.8 km2). Lithuania lies in the zone of excess humidity and, subsequently, has a dense network of rivers. The longest river in Lithuania is the Nemunas which measures 475 km.
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This briefing is part of the EEA's report The European Environment - State and Outlook 2015. The EEA is an official agency of the EU, tasked with providing information on Europe’s environment.
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