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JRVilnius replied to the thread Lack of activity on this forum on the Lithuania forum:
rikmo initially posted:
It is a bit sad that there is very little activity on this forum, but I understand. Like several Lithuanians have told me, the few foreigners that come here with hopes to live often get disgusted and leave. This is understandable. Lithuania has and still refuses to believe that their native language is an impediment to joining the rest of the world. Instead, they hang their hopes on begging for foreign investments and continue to make the lives of those that come here difficult and sad - just like their own people - one of the suicide kings of the world. I teach English here, and it is sad to see what the regular Lithuanian schools do in this respect. Of course, as poorly paid and without much respect, they earn far below a normal wage and perform as such - just like the medical services provided ( can be better if you bribe them). All things considered, this small country should make more of an effort to stop begging, lying and cheating like other former Soviet states, and instead, focus on being kind and supportive, which it is does not do now. To Lithuania, I would say, Yeah, you are tiny country of less than 3 million people, but your country is beautiful and has some good resources - so use them or lose them. And for God's sake - stop demanding that anyone who might want to live here pass language and history exams that the locals could not pass.
JRVilnius replied 19 hours ago with:
I will try and provide some positive input. I have generally always had good experiences. My wife is Lithuanian and so I guess I have a slightly different perspective than someone who goes without any local connections. Though I did visit 10 years before even meeting my wife and had a good time then also. I have noticed a slightly lower than western expectation level of customer service, which I assume is slightly a legacy from the soviet era and probably more to do with the fact that minimum wage there is ridiculously low. Life can be very hard for people in Lithuania on minimum wage. I've never had bad experience myself, but I was once behind an old lady in the queue at the cigarette counter of an Iki supermarket and was appalled at how the young lady behind the till treated the old woman who was struggling to work her chip and pin. Most of my experiences have been of people, mostly my wife's family, friends and neighbors, who are interested in talking with me and drinking with me, and knowing more about me and England. I've been introduced though on a limited scale so far, to hunting and fishing which are big past times of the Lithuanians. I certainly hope to be writing more about that in the future. I have only managed to learn a few words so far, but they always seem to pay big dividends for making the effort!
bigEd replied on May 18, 2015 with:
I "hear" what you are saying. You have to realize that what you have stated is true about people being 'visitors' to ANY foreign nation. One is ALWAYS more well received when they are TRYING to speak that areas language. It is 'that way' the world over. Stop and think: it might be YOU that is the reason for the cool reception. Like rikmo says, "just sayin" .........
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JRVilnius replied to the thread Medical Healthcare in Lithuania on the Lithuania forum:
rikmo initially posted:
This is a warning to any expats that may find themselves ill here in Lithuania: If you live in Vilnius or Kaunas, the medical care may be better, because these 2 cities have the best hospitals, clinics and doctors. This has been my experience here in Klaipeda. When I first became ill, I was passed back and forth from one doctor to the next – with none of them recommending anything except multiple exams and medications – and the 7-8 doctors I saw all wrote different and conflicting diagnoses in my health booklet, but none considered it serious enough or cared to do anything more. Finally I collapsed one day, bleeding internally, and was taken to the hospital, where they did a sloppy colostomy surgery and left me to die in a re-animation room. My wife came to visit me every day, and one doctor asked her why she bothered, because he said I was going to die anyway - can you believe it? After 1 month in a coma, I woke to find that my legs had been allowed to atrophy and I was covered in bedsores. While I was transferred from department to department as I recovered, I found that no one ever appeared to know much about me, and the doctors that did "rounds" seemed incredibly unconcerned and inconsiderate - if they could speak any English at all – so much for “reading a patient’s chart” or caring, and the simple fact that forgot to take out my stitches on time – and when they did, missed and forgot to take out a couple stitches, is just one example of what sloppy ignorant care they are capable of. The absolute worst thing is that no one could speak much of any English – as I am an American, and my Lithuanian and Russian are very poor – especially in trying to indicate what was wrong with me. The highest level of English was very low, and this was from only a handful of doctors and nurses. After a while, my wife and I noticed that all the relatives and patients were constantly giving “gifts” to the nurses and doctors – everything from candy to straight cash. The level of care and attention I received improved a little as soon as I started giving the medical staff “gifts”. I have been able to re-learn to walk a little, but I am still very weak and will never be as healthy as I used to be. They left me with an colostomy that doesn’t work well, and I am in constant pain and discomfort from all the complications that occurred from the poor care and attention I received. The things that happened and the situations I experienced in the Hospitals are simply too ridiculous to believe. Some of the nurses and doctors should lose their jobs or be punished for what they have done. My experience has been unbelievable and horrible in many ways, and I am lucky to be alive! I could write several pages about the completely idiotic things that happened to me, but the most important thing to understand is that Lithuanian healthcare can be very risky and is not very good at all unless you are a well-known connected person or you can bribe your way through it. Everything is “all show and no go” at most of the medical hospitals and facilities. Beware!
JRVilnius replied 17 hours ago with:
My God Rikmo, you poor man. It begs the question, why do you stay?
MichaelTryn replied on March 09, 2015 with:
You have been thru hell and lived to tell about it ! My wife "has NOT been diagnosed" seeing Drs. for 10 yrs, and we have been to 4 hospitals in Chicago, downtown, and Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. She has an neurological/derm. rheum. problem systemic. She told me one had to bring tips and brandy in the U.S.S.R. days.
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JRVilnius replied to the thread Moving to Lithuania - Advice on the Lithuania forum:
ashen89 initially posted:
Hi, I'm an Englishman with a Lithuanian girlfriend and we've been discussing potentially moving to Lithuania for a period of time in the future. I've seen a few similar topics on this forum but nothing in the last year or 2, I thought perhaps conditions may have changed. My question is: what kind of work will I be able to find and how likely am I to be able to find it? My girlfriends family is located in Jurbarkas though Kaunas, Klaipeda and Vilnius are the 3 most likely destinations. I'm 25 and have a degree in Microbiology and experience working in Quality Assurance but I appreciate that without the language skills work in such areas would be impossible so I'm willing to do low-skilled work and learn the language as I go. Work in places such as hostels, hotels and bars would be ideal Would it be worth it for me to get a qualification in teaching English as a foreign language? Are there opportunities in this sector? Any info at all would be much appreciated!
JRVilnius replied 17 hours ago with:
Hi Ashen Have you had any luck finding information? I am looking to move to Vilnius if my company let me, but would still spend half my time in the UK. I would be interested to hear if you made the move, and how you are finding things!
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JRVilnius replied to the thread car insurance on the Lithuania forum:
easterjegg2 initially posted:
Hy I have been driving for around 35 years in the uk and my insurance is low in cost at fully comp if I take out an insurance for car in Lt what sort of charge might i be looking just a ball park figue would be helpful many thanks from the egg.
JRVilnius replied 18 hours ago with:
Did you have any luck finding out about Insurance easterjegg? I will potentially be keeping a car in Vilnius from about December time and it would be good to know. My understanding is that you insure the car, not the person.
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JRVilnius posted Dual Life - London/Vilnius on the Lithuania forum on May 25, 2015:
I hope to start my dual life between London & Vilnius from 1st Jan 2016, spending half my time in each. My wife is Lithuanian and has lived in the UK for the past 5 years, but is starting a business with her sisters in Vilnius and looking to move back. For ease of tax and pension etc, and as I have not long been in my new job I am looking to split my time. I am awaiting decision on my application for flexible working. Are there many English living in Vilnius? Does anyone else split their time between UK and Vilnius?
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easterjegg2 replied to the thread transfer funds from uk to Lithuania on the Lithuania forum:
easterjegg2 initially posted:
Hy can anyone tell me if I place funds into my wife's Lithuanian bank account from the UK would she have to pay tax she has been working here for ten years and paying UK tax
easterjegg2 replied most recently with:
Hi thanks for the prompt reply I shall look up transferwise and see what they can do for me .We want to retire to Lt and any information regarding resettlement would be real good
rammy121 replied most recently with:
Nope...she only pays tax on income. e.g. If she earns interest on it, that is liable for tax, in the country the interest is earned. How you got this money in the UK is between you and H.M.R.C. there are what are known as "DTAs"-Double Taxation Agreements. Check the H.M.R.C. website. These can be complicated. I'd recommend you use transferwise . it's all legal etc.
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rikmo replied to the thread Work in Lith. on the Lithuania forum:
MichaelTryn initially posted:
My wife and I are wondering "What are the mejority of people DOING for work in Lith?" Latvia has sproats, and the propaganda people for the U.S. claim there is some I.T. work, but Lith is so small, (not even as big as Indiana). It seems to be only tourists, pickles, and mayonnaise.
rikmo replied most recently with:
Hello Nerka, Just to correct some facts - "Lithuania is a bit bigger and has a larger population than Latvia." - What is that supposed to mean, Nerka? "My point is that if you think that we majority of population is fishermen or farmers, your are quite mistaken." - Nerka, nobody said this - this is your own idea of what other people think, and I don't think that is true. "There's no difference between Lithuania and Germany or France in this regard." - There is quite a bit of difference, actually, - please don't insult Germany or France. "Regarding IT - Lithuania has indeed a quite strong position in this field - many strong, potential IT companies and lots of young skilled IT professionals in the market. Many world wide know companies have outsourced their IT operations to LT, like for instance Barclays." - We both know, Nerka, that the only reason Lithuania ever gets any attention from any business at all is because its labour is cheap. The jobs that are created here from most foreign investment are for labourers, not graduates. "Please don't mind "rikmo" - he's notorious on this website for his unbelievable extent of pessimism and negative attitude and opinion on all and everything that starts with the letters Lithuan.... I'm afraid the cruel fate might have indeed trapped him in some poor ventilated position at some "sproats" fish-farm... :-) " - Sorry, Nerka, but I speak from many years of experience here in Lithuania, and if you think that I'm pessimistic or negative, then you'd better put a large percentage of Lithuania in the mirror, and see what it sees back. You don't get to be one of the Suicide Kings of the World by being positive, eh? And God forbid you should ever have to trust anyone here. Why do you think so many Lithuanians would love to leave, and are leaving their country? If only half of what you said is partially true, then why Nerka? By the way, "sproat's fish farm"? No - actually the only fish industry people I know here are Danish, and they don't like Lithuania either much, either.
nerka replied most recently with:
Just to correct some facts - Lithuania is a bit bigger and has a larger population than Latvia. And people are working everything from A to Z, like in most of the other civilized countries. My point is that if you think that we majority of population is fishermen or farmers, your are quite mistaken. There's no difference between Lithuania and Germany or France in this regard.

Regarding IT - Lithuania has indeed a quite strong position in this field - many strong, potential IT companies and lots of young skilled IT professionals in the market. Many world wide know companies have outsourced their IT operations to LT, like for instance Barclays.

Please don't mind "rikmo" - he's notorious on this website for his unbelievable extent of pessimism and negative attitude and opinion on all and everything that starts with the letters Lithuan.... I'm afraid the cruel fate might have indeed trapped him in some poor ventilated position at some "sproats" fish-farm... :-)
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richard9567 replied to the thread Buying a home at the Baltic coast on the Lithuania forum:
bigEd initially posted:
I am thinking of buying a HOME in Palanga or Klaipeda for retirement. Can anyone give me a good realtor with an English / USA website with listings ? Labai aciu.
richard9567 replied most recently with:
No worries, in regards to homes.......I don't know what to suggest. There arent any companies here that do inspections and to put not too fine a point on it, a lot of homes btw, if your're looking round klaipeda, stick to the north of town as there are two chemical factories to the south and property values there have plummeted because of the smell. Cheers Rich.
bigEd replied most recently with:
I thank you for the timely reply. These sites will be saved for a reference point. Thanks for the translation reminders. I am somewhat like the rock guitarist Eddie Van Halen in respect to the fact that I could not speak English till I was 6. Still retain a good command though. In R.E. sites I have seen there are not many homes that impress me as"neat." I'm not 'loaded' but would look to do a cash deal when the time comes. My wife and I are very grateful for your input. Ed
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rimantasa replied to the thread relocation/work on the Lithuania forum:
eglev initially posted:
Hello, i am a lithuanian who has USA citizenship and who is planning to move back to lithuania for good in two months. How does that work ? Do i need a visa / permits to live and work ? Has anyone went though this ? Please help and advise. I am so lost. Also, are there any groups of americans in vilnius ? i would like to meet you and share stories/get some advices.
rimantasa replied most recently with:
(I am not a lawyer but I have researched this area.) Your passport may expire but theoretically you still have your citizenship. The question is ... when you received US citizenship did you lose your Lithuanian citizenship? Lithuania recently tightened its laws on dual-citizenship. One possibility is to go to the Lithuanian consulate (not sure where you live) and renew your passport. Your expired passport is proof of your citizenship. Pay your money and be done with it. However you may be asked if you have citizenship with another country. I am not very familiar with the citizenship laws but the US Consulate website has plenty of documentation on who can have dual-citizenship and who cannot. Again, don't confuse citizenship with a passport. Hope this helps.
eglev replied most recently with:
Hey , Thanks for replying. Well, my situation with Lithuanian passport is a little weird. When I got American citizenship I did not inform Lithuania about it. At that time I had not idea I was supposed to that ( nobody bothered to tell me that ). So I do have a Lithuanian passport. But it expired in 2012. Also, while getting my American passport I changed to my last name ( made it shorter). so... well, what do I do now ? go back to Lithuania and claim that I have a right to Lithuanian citizenship and loose my American passport ? What is going to happen to my last name ? which one will they use ? I mean... this whole situation is so weird. Makes more confused and there is nothing on the internet that would normally explain what to do :( Please let me know if have any more input. I would really really appreciate it.
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