Bank of Lithuania

The Bank of Lithuania (Lithuanian: Lietuvos bankas) is the central bank of the Republic of Lithuania. The Bank of Lithuania is a member of the European System of Central Banks. The chairman of the bank is Gediminas Šimkus. Until 2015, the Bank of Lithuania was responsible for issuing the former Lithuanian currency, the litas.

Bank of Lithuania
Lietuvos bankas (in Lithuanian)
Coordinates54°41′10″N 25°17′00″E
Established27 September 1922 (1922-09-27)
Ownership100% state ownership[1]
ChairmanGediminas Šimkus
Central bank ofLithuania
Reserves$1.310 billion[1]
Succeeded byEuropean Central Bank (2015)1
WebsiteThe Bank of Lithuania (in Lithuanian and English)
1 The Bank of Lithuania still exists but many functions have been taken over by the ECB.

Primary functions

Bank of Lithuania headquarters in Gediminas Avenue, built by the order of Józef Montwiłł in 1889–1891

According to the Bank's official website, the Bank of Lithuania performs these primary functions:

  • maintaining price stability,
  • formulating and implementing the monetary policy,
  • acting as an agent of the State Treasury.

Bank leadership

Governors of the Bank of Lithuania:[2]

Chairmen of the board of the Bank of Lithuania:[2]

  • Bronius Povilaitis (1990)
  • Vilius Baldišis (1990–1993)
  • Romualdas Visokavičius (1993)
  • Kazys Ratkevičius (1993–1996)
  • Reinoldijus Šarkinas (1996–2011)
  • Vitas Vasiliauskas (2011–2021)
  • Gediminas Šimkus (since 2021)

Management and structure

The Bank is governed by a board consisting of a chairperson, two deputy chairpersons and two members.

According to The Bank of Lithuania official website, it is managed by Supervision Service; ten departments: Economics, Statistics, Market Operations, International Relations, Payment Systems, Cash, Accounting, Information Technology, General Services and Security; six autonomous divisions (Internal Audit, Legal, Organisation and Personnel, General and Public Relations, Risk Management), and Bank of Lithuania Branches in Kaunas and Klaipėda.

See also


  2. "Historical timeline". Archived from the original on 25 November 2020. Retrieved 22 March 2020.