The Baltic States is a geopolitical term, typically used to group the three sovereign states on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea: Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. The term is not used in the context of cultural areas, national identity, or language. The most important areas of cooperation among the three countries are foreign and security policy, defense, energy, and transportation. All three are classified as high-income economies by the World Bank and maintain a very high Human Development Index.
Information about each country of the Baltic States:
Republic of Estonia (Estonian: Eesti Vabariik) is a country on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea in Northern Europe. It is bordered to the north by the Gulf of Finland across from Finland, to the west by the Baltic Sea across from Sweden, to the south by Latvia, and to the east by Lake Peipus and Russia. The territory of Estonia consists of the mainland and of 2,222 islands in the Baltic Sea, covering a total area of 45,227 km2 (17,462 sq mi), and is influenced by a humid continental climate.
Language: Estonian, the second-most-spoken Finnic language.
Population (2021): 1,329,460
Rataskaevu Street, Tallinn by Gerry Lynch/林奇格里, on Flickr
Other notable cities include Tartu, Narva, Pärnu, Kohtla-Järve, and Viljandi.
Republic of Latvia (Latvian: Latvijas Republika), is a country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. It is bordered by Estonia to the north, Lithuania to the south, Russia to the east, Belarus to the southeast, and shares a maritime border with Sweden to the west. Latvia has d a territory of 64,589 km2 (24,938 sq mi). The Baltic Sea moderates the climate, although the country has four distinct seasons and snowy winters.
Population (2021): 1,893,700
St Saviour’s Anglican Church , Riga, South West Elevation by Gerry Lynch/林奇格里, on Flickr
Other notable cities include Daugavpils, Liepāja, Jelgava, Valmiera, Ventspils, and Jūrmala.
Republic of Lithuania (Lithuanian: Lietuvos Respublika), is a country in the Baltic region of Europe, counted as one of the Baltic states. It lies on the eastern shore of the Baltic Sea, to the southeast of Sweden and the east of Denmark, with Latvia to the north, Belarus to the east and south, Poland to the south, and Kaliningrad Oblast (a Russian exclave) to the southwest. Lithuanians (along with Latvians) belong to the ethnic and linguistic group of Balts. Lithuania has d a territory of 65,300 km2 (25,200 sq mi).
Population (2021): 2,795,175
Cupola, Dominican Church of the Holy Spirit, Vilnius II by Gerry Lynch/林奇格里, on Flickr
Other notable cities include Kaunas, Klaipėda, Šiauliai, Panevėžys, Alytus, and Mažeikiai.
*Haven't seen any active threads about Lithuania, Latvia, or Estonia, so I decided to make one! Here we all can share some photos of these beautiful countries.
2-3 photos per post max!