Lithuanian is considered as one of the oldest Indo-European languages, the great-granddad of the family! Although one of its closest relatives is Latvian, it also has strong family ties with ancient Sanskrit, and paternal influence from the Nordic and Germanic cultures. A truly multi-cultural family member! Although only just over 40,500 square miles (65,000 square kilometers) in size, Lithuania has over eight thousand lakes, a long stretch of Baltic coast and 30% of its country is made up of forest. A land of wood and water, nature is integral to its culture and language.