The population of Lithuania stands at 3.3662 million, 84.6% of whom are ethnic Lithuanians who speak Lithuanian which is the official language of the country. Several sizable minorities exist, such as Poles (6.3%), Russians (5.1%), and Belarusians (1.1%).
According to the Lithuanian population census of 2001, about 82 % of the country's population speak Lithuanian as their native language, 8 % are the native speakers of Russian, 5.6 % - of Polish. More than 60 % are fluent in Russian, while only about 16 % say they can speak English.
Lithuanian National Institutions for Language
Lietuviu Kalbos Institutas
Institute of the Lithuanian Language
Jolanta Zabarskaite, Director
P. Vileisio Gatve 5, 10308 Vilnius - 55
+370-5-234 66 21
Valstybine Lietuviu Kalbos Komisija
State Commission for the Lithuanian Language
Irena Smetoniene, Chairperson
Zveju gatve 14 - 09310 Vilnius
+370-5-272 33 58 (& 10)