Vilnius Mayor condemns Orlando shooting

Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Šimašius

Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Šimašius has condemned the Orlando shooting, which has seen at least 50 killed and 53 wounded in the biggest mass-shooting in U.S. history. The shooting took place at the gay ‘Pulse’ nightclub in the city of Orlando, Florida, in the early morning of June 12, 2016. The gunman was named as Omar Mateen – a U.S. citizen Read more

Global wireless technology developer LigoWave establishing office and R&D workshop in Sapiegos


Global wireless technology developer LigoWave establishing office and R&D workshop in Sapiegos LigoWave, a designer and manufacturer of wireless networking devices, has officially announced that it will be joining Sapiegos tech park in Vilnius. LigoWave will be the first hardware development company to set up in the park, establishing both an office for its team of 63 staff and a Read more

Loftas’ Europavox collaboration aims to export Vilnius’ music culture to international audiences

The Loftas venue in Vilnius

Following its recently announced collaboration with six other European Union music venues and showcase festivals, Vilnius’ Loftas music venue hopes this opportunity will internationally promote the Lithuanian capital’s musical and cultural talents. The partnership is called the Europavox project because it is headed by the French Europavox music showcase festival. In addition to Loftas and Europavox, the other festivals and Read more

World’s biggest 3D model marketplace setting up in Sapiegos tech park in Vilnius


CGTrader, the world’s largest 3D model marketplace for computer graphics, 3D printing and virtual reality, has officially announced that it is joining Sapiegos tech park in Vilnius. The largest ICT hub in the region, Sapiegos will open its doors this summer, with CGTrader’s new office occupying one of its main buildings. 3D artists, design studios and businesses use CGTrader as Read more

Vilnius praised by Uber for fast and open business set-up help


On May 25, 2016 the Uber operations base and engineering centre were brought together under one roof in Vilnius. Their office is located in Vilnius’ Central Business District. It overlooks the Neris river and is a 10 minute walk from the Lithuanian capital’s UNESCO-award winning old town. Uber has employed 20 highly skilled site reliability engineers in Vilnius. They are Read more

Finnish Stainless Steel Giant Outokumpu to Open Business Services Center in Vilnius


Outokumpu, the global leader in stainless steel, is set to open a multifunctional business services center in Vilnius. Outokumpu has its headquarters in Finland and its products are used in demanding applications around the world, for example in the construction of 3 World Trade Centre in New York and in the reconstruction of Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia basilica in Barcelona. The Read more

Restored Old Jewish Cemetery in Olandų street is becoming a widely-visited place


Užupis Jewish Cemetery in Vilnius has changed dramatically in recent years:  new alleys and paths have been laid out and information boards have been put up in the territory of 11 ha. Vilnius municipality in cooperation with the Jewish Community began restoration works at the cemetery in September last year:  trees, shrubs and bushes, which covered the area and thus Read more

The Mayor of Vilnius – in front of graffiti showing D. Trump and V. Putin locking lips together


The Mayor of Vilnius Remigijus Šimašius has made a photo in front of graffiti showing USA presidential candidate Donald Trump locking lips with the Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Mayor told today that graffiti is not be removed from the wall of the restaurant “Kiaule Ruke” (“Smoking pig”) in Vilnius Old Town. “There is no censorship in our city. That’s Read more

5 core partners to occupy almost half of Vilnius Tech Park and supply key startup services


Sapiegos tech park in Vilnius has officially signed agreements with its five core partners. These are  the startup accelerator Startup Highway, the venture capital fund IMI.VC, Teo and Omnitel, the biggest telecommunications services provider in the region, DNB bank and the game development studio Game Insight. Combined, these core members will occupy almost half of the 9,000+ square meter tech Read more

The first medal presenting the capital will promote the legend about Vilnius


The ceremony held today in the Vincas Kudirka square solemnly presented the first souvenir medal representing Vilnius. The medal shows the iron wolf, the symbol of the city, and its main objects – the Gediminas Castle, the Hill of Three Crosses, the Cathedral of Vilnius, the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, Saint Jones and Saint Anne’s church, the Read more

LOGIN 2016 Has Been Opened – the Mayor of the Capital Greeted the Two-Day Innovation Festival


Today, the 10th, Jubilee Technology and Innovation Festival LOGIN 2016 has been opened in Vilnius. During a two-day fiesta everyone is invited to get acquainted with more than 150 Lithuanian and foreign visionaries that have progressive ideas. The festival that has brought together more than 5,500 participants was opened by the Mayor of Vilnius Remigijus Šimašius. At the conference he Read more

Practica Capital and join Vilnius Tech Park


One of the biggest VC funds in Lithuania, Practica Capital, has officially announced that it is joining Sapiegos Tech Park in Vilnius together with their startup accelerator The fund and accelerator, with 38 successful investments since 2011, will move its headquarters to one of the main buildings in the park. Taking talent attraction to a new level According to Read more

Mayor of Vilnius accepted head of China’ s largest tourism company of China


Today, Mayor of Vilnius Remigijus Šimašius accepted the Regional Director Roger Qiu of China’s largest tourism company Ctrip and familiarised the guest with the potential of Vilnius tourism and investment, told him about a new tourism and business promotion agency “GO Vilnius” being developed in the capital. China is a distant important country in the capital’s marketing strategy in which Read more

The Mayor of Vilnius Remigijus Šimašius visited Uber’s office in Amsterdam


The Mayor of Vilnius Remigijus Šimašius visited Uber’s office in Amsterdam, where he met the company’s Head of Operations Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty and discussed the possibilities for realizing Vilnius’ potential. The Mayor encouraged the company to try out new services in Vilnius and suggested the possibility of transferring other departments to Vilnius, emphasizing the great potential for economics, law, and creativity Read more

The City of Vilnius takes up leadership in promotion of tourism and business: new agency ‘GO Vilnius’


Vilnius is about to create an urban economy brains centre: an international tourism and business promotion agency ‘GO Vilnius’. As soon as in May the operations profile of the current public institution Vilnius Convention Centre will be expanded, by adding to its structure a ‘GO Vilnius’ team – solely responsible for international tourism, city marketing and promotion of investment. The Read more



Mid-April 2016, Netherlands Embassies all over Europe are taking part in organising the European Cycling Day Festival. The festival underlines the importance of cycling promotion during the Netherlands EU Presidency in the first half of 2016. Also in Vilnius, the Netherlands Embassy, in co-operation with Vilnius Municipality, the Ministry of Transport, the Dutch Cycling Embassy, and JCDecaux, organises festival activities: Read more

Vilnius Tech Park show office to give entrepreneurs enticing preview of the facilities in store at new tech hub


A show office has been opened at Vilnius Tech Park this week, providing budding entrepreneurs with a glimpse of the top facilities the tech hub will have to offer when it opens its doors later this year. The park, which will be the biggest ICT Hub in the region, is currently being developed in the Lithuanian capital. And according to Read more

International Public Tender for Private Carrier(s) to be Announced by Vilnius Public Transport


Improved public transportation is the goal of an open international tender which the City of Vilnius is planning to shortly announce. The soon to be issued public tender will enable the selection of a  private carrier(s) that will by next year, be operating in Vilnius up to 100 new buses, including 43 large tri-axial buses and 52 medium-sized buses (with Read more

Barclays’ Rise startup space set to open in Vilnius


UK’s Barclays bank is set to launch Rise Vilnius – a 550 sq. m size startup partnering space in the downtown of Lithuanian capital in July. “Rise is a community of fintech companies that grow and create together with Barclays. We see it as an opportunity to embrace and to discover innovation that disrupts our business models. It is also Read more

The Mayor of Vilnius Collects a Prestigious FDI Award in Cannes


The Mayor of Vilnius Remigijus Šimašius today arrived in Cannes (France) to attend the annual international real estate show MIPIM. At the top of his agenda is the promotion of Vilnius as a rising hub for foreign investment, and he will be meeting with a number of important investors and participating in discussions to further this aim. On the first Read more

Vilnius’s New Mayoral Strategy: A breath of fresh air for Northern Europe’s hottest new business hub


Vilnius is on the rise. This year alone the city has already secured 3rd place, after Zurich and Edinburgh, in the mid-sized European Cities category of the Financial Times fDI European Cities of the Future index. And with foreign investment on the increase – last year saw the country’s FDI agency Invest Lithuania posting its best results ever – the Read more

Vilnius traffic lights adopt the colors of the Lithuanian national flag to celebrate The Day of the Restoration of Independence


To coincide with The Day of the Restoration of Independence, yellow-green-red flags will be flying throughout the country, while in Vilnius even the traffic lights will adopt the colours of the national flag. For today only, all of the crossing lights lining Gedimino Avenue will be flashing yellow, green, and red simultaneously to celebrate this most important day. In the Read more

The Capital City to look for New Solutions in an International Tendering Procedure


The Municipal Government of the Capital City, together with the Lithuanian Union of Architects and private investors, have announced an international tendering procedure for an architectural project for the centre of Vilnius – Konstitucijos Avenue.  This large scale site would incorporate hotels and office buildings and greatly augment what is fast becoming the city’s modern business district. The Municipal Government Read more

Voiced stories of Vilnius in a modern audioguide


AudiogidasVilnius Tourist Information Centre has renewed the audioguide. From now on, tourists shall have a possibility to discover the city in a more comfortable way. The audioguide meant for tourists provides a possibility to explore the city as if you are travelling with a guide, but it also lets you freely plan your time and route. It is comfortable to Read more

Mayor of Vilnius, Remigijus Šimašius, welcomes Cognizant, a leading provider of information technology, consulting, and business process services, to Lithuania


Cognizant, a global provider of information technology, consulting and business process services has expanded its footprint by adding a delivery and operations centre in Vilnius, Lithuania. The New Jersey, U.S. headquartered and NASDAQ listed company has over 100 delivery and operations centres globally and employs over 221,000 employees. Storebrand Group, a leading player in the Nordic markets for pensions, life Read more

Cyber security company that protects $20 billion of assets expanding its Vilnius team

photos by S. Žiūra

Global cyber security provider Arc4dia is to expand its division in Lithuania in a move that is set to create up to 50 highly-skilled positions for qualified cyber security specialists. The combined value of the assets and critical infrastructure protected by the Canadian company has been estimated at $20 billion. For Lithuania’s capital Vilnius, the news of Arc4dia’s expansion serves Read more

Open public transportation data for residents of Vilnius


Vilnius residents will now be able to keep track of how their city’s transport system is performing, as well as receive updates on the busiest routes. A ME Susisiekimo paslaugos is now offering on online register that provides up to date data on stops, as well as bus and trolleybus movement data. ‘We have always wanted to be able to Read more

Magic Christmas Tree in Vilnius


The biggest Christmas tree in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, is set up as a cosy house, sending the message of “one world, one home”. This remarkable tree invites you to step inside and get a fairy-tale feel. Underneath the branches, a 65 square meter area big Christmas fairy tale cottage is installed. In this tree-cottage, children and young people Read more

The Mayor of Vilnius Promotes Investment And Start-Ups on His Recent Trip to London


Remigijus Šimašius, the Mayor of Vilnius, has recently returned from an official mayoral visit to London, during which he attended a discussion at the mayor Innovations Studio together with the mayors of Tel Aviv, Austin, Warsaw, Bristol and other cities. The mayor had the opportunity to meet up with representatives of the world’s largest startup accelerators – MassChallenge, Level39, and Read more

NASDAQ launch Vilnius technology and business competence center


Vilnius, Nasdaq, 2015 m. October 13 – Nasdaq (Nasdaq: NDAQ) today announced the launch of the Nasdaq Technology and Business Competence Center in Vilnius. The grand opening ceremony, which was attended by the President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė, was ushered in by the ringing of the stock market bell. The k29 business center in Vilnius is now Read more