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Although recent studies in 2007 have shown a decrease in emissions; air pollution in Lithuania is still very high.1 The largest sources for air pollutants are energy, transport, and industry.2 High levels of air pollutants can lead to serious cardiovascular issues and other health concerns.3 Most rural homes use water from wells that have been polluted by agricultural waste.4 Many towns do not have adequate filtration systems for wastewater, and thus most surface water is polluted with human and chemical waste.5 This also affects the health of the crops and livestock around polluted water sources.6

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1http://www.eea.europa.eu/soer/countries/lt/soertopic_view?topic=air%20pollution
2 Ibid
3 Ibid
4 http://www.eea.europa.eu/soer/countries/lt/soertopic_view?topic=freshwater
5 Ibid
6 Ibid
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Geography

Eastern Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea, between Latvia and Russia
Area

Total 65,300 sq km
Land 62,680 sq km
Water 2,620 sq km

Climate

transitional, between maritime and continental; wet, moderate winters and summers
Natural Resources

peat, arable land, amber ;
Natural Hazards

NA
Current Environmental Issues

contamination of soil and groundwater with petroleum products and chemicals at military bases

Demographics

Nationality
Lithuanian
Population
3,515,858 (July 2013 est.)
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Lithuania gained membership in the World Trade Organization and joined the EU in May 2004. Despite its EU accession, Lithuania's trade with its Central and Eastern European neighbors, and Russia in particular, accounts for a significant share of total trade. Foreign investment and business support have helped in the transition from the old command economy to a market economy. Lithuania's economy grew on average 8% per year for the four years prior to 2008 driven by exports and domestic demand. Lithuania''s GDP plunged nearly 15% in 2009. The three former Soviet Baltic republics were among the hardest hit by the ...See More 2008-09 financial crisis. The government''s efforts to attract foreign investment, to develop export markets, and to pursue broad economic reforms has been key to Lithuania''s quick recovery from a deep recession, making Lithuania one of the fastest growing economies in the EU. Lithuania is committed to meeting the Maastricht criteria to join the euro zone, which the government expects to achieve by 2015. Under the Conservative Party''s leadership, Lithuania raised the monthly minimum wage in 2012 nearly 25% over 2011. Despite government efforts, unemployment - at 13.2% in 2012 - remains high. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$66.08 billion (2012 est.); $63.78 billion (2011 est.); $60.24 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

15.2% of GDP (2012 est.); 19% of GDP (2011 est.); 19.2% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

grain, potatoes, sugar beets, flax, vegetables; beef, milk, eggs; fish
Industries

metal-cutting machine tools, electric motors, television sets, refrigerators and freezers, petroleum refining, shipbuilding (small ships), furniture making, textiles, food processing, fertilizers, agricultural machinery, optical equipment, electronic components, computers, amber jewelry