Now I understand why it was so easy to find a beautiful and affordable apartment when I moved to Lithuania: The population of Lithuania is shrinking. It has fallen below 3 million, meaning that this cute little country has lost half a million people in 10 years.
That is a population loss of 14 % within a decade. In relative terms, more Lithuanians have left Lithuania than Iraqis or Afghans have fled their countries in the same time. And these two countries had war, civil war, the Taliban, terrorism, bombings, IEDs, drone strikes, suicide killings. Lithuania is a peaceful (and beautiful) country in the European Union.
Let’s hope that a country with such dire demographics will be very, very welcoming to newcomers like me!