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    Lithuania Geography 2001

      Location: Eastern Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea, between Latvia and Russia

      Geographic coordinates: 56 00 N, 24 00 E

      Map references: Europe

      total: 65,200 sq km
      land: 65,200 sq km
      water: 0 sq km

      Area - comparative: slightly larger than West Virginia

      Land boundaries:
      total: 1,273 km
      border countries: Belarus 502 km, Latvia 453 km, Poland 91 km, Russia (Kaliningrad) 227 km

      Coastline: 99 km

      Maritime claims:
      territorial sea: 12 NM

      Climate: transitional, between maritime and continental; wet, moderate winters and summers

      Terrain: lowland, many scattered small lakes, fertile soil

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Baltic Sea 0 m
      highest point: Juozapines/Kalnas 292 m

      Natural resources: peat, arable land

      Land use:
      arable land: 39%
      permanent crops: 9%
      permanent pastures: 6%
      forests and woodland: 31%
      other: 15% (2001 est.)

      Irrigated land: 430 sq km (1993 est.)

      Natural hazards: NA

      Environment - current issues: contamination of soil and groundwater with petroleum products and chemicals at military bases

      Environment - international agreements:
      party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Hazardous Wastes, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands
      signed, but not ratified: Air Pollution-Persistent Organic Pollutants, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol

      NOTE: The information regarding Lithuania on this page is re-published from the 2001 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Lithuania Geography 2001 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Lithuania Geography 2001 should be addressed to the CIA.

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