The road to good citizenship begins with good knowledge of your country.
The National Atlas of Lithuania provides a comprehensive portrait of Lithuania and its development. It is an excellent tool, visual and informational, for understanding your homeland better.
I invite everybody to take a closer look at Lithuania and to feel proud of it. You are holding in your hands a perfect roadmap for this journey.
President of the Republic of Lithuania
The National Atlas of Lithuania is a unique cartographic piece, the first such publication since the Re-Establishment of the State of Lithuania. It comprehensively presents the nature and society as well as economic, social and historical development of the country. This encyclopedic edition provides fundamental knowledge of our country.
Not only are the maps in this atlas scientifically thorough, their graphic representation is excellent as well. This ensures that the National Atlas of Lithuania will take its place and be useful for scientific, social and cultural analysis along with public knowledge. The atlas is designed for anyone who seeks information, especially for the younger generation of Lithuanians.
The publication of a national atlas is a major event for every nation as it is considered to be an important national symbol.
Most countries around the world have published their national atlases. Some of the atlases have been revised and republished several times.
The first national atlas was published in Finland in 1899. At the time Finland was under the rule of Russian empire. Publishing the national atlas was Finland`s way of showing its strong nationality. By now Finland has published eight editions of its national atlas.
After World War I and World War II many countries published national atlases to demonstrate their independence and their geopolitical, social, economic position.
The idea to publish a national atlas of Lithuania has emerged in 1966 when the Laboratory of Cartography of Vilnius University was established.
Two draft sets of original maps were prepared. The first complex atlas was published in 1981. It can only partly be attributed to the category of national atlases due to limitations that came from the USSR regulations for cartographic production.
The second atlas was never published due to political changes. Later on the maps of the atlas became irrelevant due to major political, economic and social changes that our country has undergone.
Despite these circumstances the idea to publish the national atlas of Lithuania has never gone away.
In 1998 the scientific editorial board has been established. It has developed the main conception and the content of the national atlas. The maps of the atlas were prepared by Centre for Cartography at the Faculty of Natural Sciences of Vilnius University. The plans to publish the National Atlas were withheld by the lack of financing. In 2014 The National Land Service under the ministry of Agriculture allocated funds to publish the National atlas of Lithuania. Some maps and explanatory texts were updated. The first National Atlas of Lithuania was published in 2014.
The concept, contents and graphic presentation of the Atlas have been developed with an endeavor to make this cartographic work useful to the widest possible circle. With this objective, an integral cartographic piece was created. It consists of thematic volumes representing development of Lithuania, territory, nature, history, economic and social development of the state.
The authors and publishers of the National Atlas of Lithuania strongly believe that as a source of integrated information on the state the National Atlas of Lithuania is of interest for politicians, decision makers, staff of administrative and management structures, public bodies, members of scientific, educational and cultural communities and for anyone interested in Lithuania. The Atlas due to its cognitive and integrational functions is an important educational tool on high schools, colleges and universities.
We believe that the National Atlas of Lithuania will enable people from all over the world to become better acquainted with our country.
The atlas consists of the following parts:
1. Lithuania in Europe and the world
2. Nature and landscapes
3. History of the state, society and economy
4. Society and economy
The first two parts have been published in 2014 as Volume I of the National Atlas of Lithuania.
The third part has been published in 2015 as a separate Volume II.
The fourth part is to be published as Volume III.
Volume I of the National Atlas of Lithuania has been published in the end of 2014. It consists of two parts: „Lithuania in Europe and the world“ and „Nature and landscapes“ and contains 224 original maps. The maps in the first part represent position of Lithuania in the political-economic and natural context of the world and Europe. The second part provides integral information about Lithuanian nature and landscapes.
The third part „History of the state, society and economics“ has been published in 2015. It presents the historical developments of Lithuania in an exhaustive and concentrated manner. Volume II consists of four main chapters covering the formation of Lithuanian nation and state, years of occupation, and development of the independent Republic of Lithuania. The volume ends with a cartographic representation of political, social, economic, cultural and spiritual phenomena characterizing the end of the last Soviet occupation.
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