Famous Lithuanian Presidents

Lithuania is a country situated in northern Europe. Marked by Latvia, Poland, Belarus and Kaliningrad Oblast on its sides, the country is one of the three of the Baltic States. Dating back to the 13th century, Lithuania was ruled by the Minduagas who was the first King of Lithuania of the unified state. During the mid-20th century, Lithuania was occupied by the Soviet Union and later by the Nazi Germany. during the last years of World War II, Lithuania yet again came under the rule of Soviet Union. In 1990, when the Soviet Union was finally dissolved, Lithuania declared itself independent thus becoming the first Soviet Republic to do so. Independent Lithuania follows a democratic tradition, wherein the President acts as the head of state. His position however is largely ceremonial and much of the powers lie with the Prime Minister who is the executive head of the government. Algirdas Mykolas Brazauskas served as the first President of a newly independent post-Soviet Lithuania from 1993 to 1998 and Prime Minister from 2001 to 2006. Current and incumbent President Dalia Grybauskaite became the first female to be appointed as the President of Lithuania. In 2014, she was re-elected thus becoming the first President of modern Lithuania to serve yet another term consecutively. Read on to get detailed information about Lithuania Presidents, their life and their works.

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 1 Dalia Grybauskaitė

Dalia Grybauskaitė
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Famous As: President of Lithuania
Birthdate: March 1, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Lithuanian

Dalia Grybauskaitė became the first female president of Lithuania and the first to be re-elected. Popularly known as Lithuania’s Iron Lady and often compared to Margaret Thatcher, she has also been the UN Commissioner of the Year. A black belt in karate, she has mastery over four languages.

 2 Valdas Adamkus

Valdas Adamkus
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Famous As: Former President of Lithuania
Birthdate: November 3, 1926
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Lithuanian

Former Lithuanian president Valdas Adamkus had fought against the Soviet army during World War II. After fleeing to Germany, he studied in Munich and then migrated to the U.S., where he earned a civil engineering degree. Among his many accolades are honorary doctorates from countless foreign universities.

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 3 Antanas Smetona

Antanas Smetona
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Famous As: Former President of Lithuania
Birthdate: August 10, 1874
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Lithuanian
Died: January 9, 1944

The first president of Lithuania, Antanas Smetona was drawn into the revolutionary movements of his country soon after finishing law school. A major political figure of his country during the two World Wars, he came to power for a second time after launching a coup in 1926.

 4 Rolandas Paksas

Rolandas Paksas
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Famous As: Former President of Lithuania
Birthdate: June 10, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Lithuanian

Rolandas Paksas is a Lithuanian politician who served as the president of Lithuania from 2003 to 2004. Prior to this, he was the prime minister of Lithuania for two non-consecutive terms. A civil engineer by qualification, he founded a construction company, Restako, prior to joining politics. His political career has been shrouded in controversies. 

 5 Algirdas Brazauskas

Algirdas Brazauskas
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Famous As: Yachting and Hunting
Birthdate: September 22, 1932
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Lithuanian
Died: June 26, 2010

 6 Jonas Žemaitis

Jonas Žemaitis
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Famous As: Former President of Lithuania
Birthdate: March 15, 1909
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Lithuanian
Died: November 26, 1954

 7 Kazys Grinius

Kazys Grinius
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Famous As: President
Birthdate: December 17, 1866
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Lithuanian
Died: June 4, 1950
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 8 Justas Paleckis

Justas Paleckis
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: January 22, 1899
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Lithuanian
Died: January 26, 1980