Lithuanian language

Lithuanian (Lithuanian: lietuvių kalba) is a Baltic language belonging to the Balto-Slavic branch of the Indo-European language family. It is the official language of Lithuania and one of the official languages of the European Union. There are about 2.8 million[2] native Lithuanian speakers in Lithuania and about 200,000 speakers elsewhere.

Lithuanian
lietuvių kalba
Native toLithuania
RegionBaltic
EthnicityLithuanians
Native speakers
3.0 million (2012)[1]
Dialects
Latin (Lithuanian alphabet)
Lithuanian Braille
Official status
Official language in
 Lithuania
 European Union
Recognised minority
language in
Regulated byCommission of the Lithuanian Language
Language codes
ISO 639-1lt
ISO 639-2lit
ISO 639-3Either:
lit  Modern Lithuanian
olt  Old Lithuanian
Glottologlith1251
Linguasphere54-AAA-a
Map of the area of the Lithuanian language in the late 20th century and the 21st century
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Lithuanian is closely related to the neighbouring Latvian language. It is written in a Latin script. It is said to be the most conservative of the existing Indo-European languages, retaining features of the Proto-Indo-European language now lost in other languages.[3][4]