Remembering the events of January 13, 1991, when thirty-three years ago, led by the desire for unity and freedom, Lithuanian citizens achieved a historic victory, we stand together with Lithuania and Lithuanians worldwide in the initiative 'Light of Victory.'
On Freedom Defenders' Day, we pay tribute to those who lost their lives on January 13, 1991, during the Soviet army's aggression in Vilnius against Lithuanian legitimate government, independence and peaceful citizens.
On January 3, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark hosted the annual New Year's reception, where ambassadors from countries accredited to Denmark were traditionally invited. This reception marked the Queen's final one, as she announced in her New Year's Eve address to the nation that on January 14, 2024, after 52 years on the throne, she will hand the throne to her oldest son, Crown Prince Frederik.
Denmark was the second country to recognize Lithuania's restored independence, and Queen Margrethe II was the first monarch to visit the newly independent Lithuania.
On 20 December 2022 the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania amended the Law of the Republic of Lithuania on Good Will Compensation for the Immovable Property of Jewish Religious Communities No. XI-1470 (hereinafter: “law“). Under the amended Law the compensation for the immovable property illegally expropriated by the totalitarian regimes during the occupations shall be paid not only for the existing immovable property of the Jewish religious communities of Lithuania, with the exception of land, but as well for the immovable property of persons of Jewish descent who lived in Lithuania before or during the Second World War, with the exception of land, to which they or their heirs did not have a legal possibility to restore the rights of ownership in accordance with the procedure laid down in the Law of the Republic of Lithuania on the Restoration of the Rights of Ownership of Citizens to the Existing Immovable Property, as well as the heirless immovable property taken over into the ownership of the State because it was left without owners or heirs as a result of the Holocaust.
On 15 February 2023 the Government of the Republic of Lithuania by its Decree No. 93 designated the Public establishment “The Foundation for Disposal of Good Will Compensation for the Immovable Property of Jewish Religious Communities” (hereinafter: “Good Will Foundation”) to administer good will compensation as it was set under the amended Law.
The Good Will Foundation invites the eligible Holocaust survivors and their heirs to submit an application for one-time payment of compensation for the private real property expropriated in Lithuania during the occupation of totalitarian regimes.
All information and application documents can be found in the link below:
„Our deepest condolences to the Royal Family, to the British people and to the people of the Commonwealth on the loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Lithuanian people warmly remember Her Majesty’s visit to Lithuania in 2006, glowing with love to people, talking to them. HM Queen Elizabeth II will always remain deeply respected, extraordinary leader who left significant mark on global history.“
On May 15 Denmark was delighted by the impressive BBT: Baltic Ballet Theater's performance "Vaivos Juosta". The event was initiated by the Danish Lithuanian Association in Copenhagen on the occasion of their 25th anniversary.
On the occasion of the significant anniversary, H.E. Ambassador Ms. Asta Radikaitė thanked the community members for their long-term efforts to promote Lithuania's name in Denmark and their meaningful contribution to maintaining close ties with Lithuania.
Ambassador also conveyed the greetings and wishes from H.E. Mr. Gabrielius Landsbergis, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania.
On 10 May Baltic Ambassadors H.E. Alda Vanaga, H.E. Mart Laanemäe and H.E. Asta Radikaite at the working lunch with their colleague Ambassador of Ukraine H.E. Mykhailo Vydoinyk expressed full solidarity and discussed possibilities for further support for Ukraine and brave Ukrainians.
On 6 May 2022 Giedrius Surplys, Ieva Pakarklytė and Kristijonas Bartoševičius, members of the Seimas Group for Inter-Parliamentary Relations with the Nordic Countries (Kingdom of Denmark, Republic of Iceland, Kingdom of Norway, Republic of Finland, Kingdom of Sweden) visited Copenhagen.
Parliamentarians met with the Foreign Affairs Committee, chaired by Bertel Haarder, in the Danish Parliament (Folketinget).
Most relevant issues were discussed at the Ministry of Immigration and Integration at the International Cooperation and Migration Unit, with Henrik Ankerstjerne, Permanent Deputy Secretary, and the team of the Interministerial Working Group on Migration.
The issues on climate change were discussed in the State of Green, which unites green Danish solutions and companies.
After meetings with their Danish counterparts, parliamentarians, officials and experts, members of the Lithuanian Seimas met with Lithuanians and Lithuanian friends living in Copenhagen to exchange the news and views.
On 9 March 2022 H.E. Ambassador Ms. Asta Radikaitė of the Republic of Lithuania presented letters of Credence to Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. Due to the war in Ukraine, special festive elements of the military procession were cancelled.
During the conversation, the Ambassador thanked Her Majesty for Denmark's sincere friendship, great support for Lithuania's integration into the European Union and NATO, and for Her Majesty's personal attention to the independence of the Lithuanian state. The Queen of Denmark shared her lasting impressions from her state visit to Lithuania in 1992 (this was the first visit of the monarch after the restoration of independence), as well as from a short visit to Lithuania in 2009, commemorating the millennium of mentioning the name of our country, where Her Majesty was impressed by Lithuania's achievements.
The Ambassador thanked Denmark for its commitment to the security of the Baltic Sea region and for the decision to strengthen NATO air policing for the ninth time (Denmark sent four F-16 fighter jets to Lithuania in January). There was also a talk about close bilateral economic relations and a large Lithuanian community in Denmark, which has already reached 16,000 this year.
Denmark emphasizes that it never recognized the forced annexation of Lithuania to the Soviet Union. On 28 February 1991 Denmark signed a Joint Protocol on bilateral co-operation with Lithuania and thus it was the second country after Iceland to recognize the restored independence of the Republic of Lithuania. Denmark was the first Western country to sign a visa-free agreement with Lithuania in 1992, and since 1994 it has been the first NATO country to express its unequivocal support for Lithuania's membership in NATO.
H.E. Ms. Asta Radikaitė is the seventh Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania to the Kingdom of Denmark since the restoration of independence in 1990.