Establishing a Company in Lithuania

Lithuania belongs to the 3 countries know as "The Baltics", and is located in northeastern Europe, on the southeastern shores of the Baltic Sea, which separates between Lithuania and Sweden. Lithuania shares terrestrial borders with Latvia to the north, Belarus to the east and Poland to the south, alongside a small Russian enclave named Kaliningrad. In the past, Lithuania was part of the Soviet Bloc of countries and gained independence in 1990. In 2004 Lithuania joined the European Union and the NATO Alliance, and later on it joined other leading international bodies. Despite its being a small country with a population of only 2.8 million people, Lithuania has a well-developed economy, an educated population and high standards of living, as compared both to its neighbors and to Western standards. This combination provides many advantages when establishing a company in Lithuania.

In contrast to other Soviet Bloc countries, Lithuania was part of the Soviet Union for a relatively short period of time, between 1944 – 1990. For hundreds of years beforehand, the country was either independent or a member of one of the strategic alliances that ruled the Baltic area. Lithuania's capital city is Vilnius, which is also its largest city. Lithuania maintains a successful and very impressive combination of being a well developed and progressive nation that synergistically coexists alongside the country's rich and ancient political history and cultural heritage. In terms of natural landscape, Lithuania offers a mixture of pleasant beaches and long summer days, together with spectacular forests and untamed wilderness. Culturally, the country benefits from its proximity to Europe and to Scandinavian influences, while preserving the Lithuanian people's strong Baltic and national identities.

  • Although Lithuania has long standing connections to Russia, the country's language is Lithuanian, one of two enduring Baltic languages and one of the oldest European languages still actively used today.
  • If you recently purchased wooden furniture from IKEA, there's a very good chance that it was built from Lithuanian wood. IKEA owns the largest wood manufacturing and processing companies in Lithuania, and the country is a central source of wood for the Swedish giant's products.
  • Over 25% of Lithuania’s energy comes from renewable sources, a very respectable statistic that continues to climb. Of the remaining 75% of the country's electricity, nearly all of it comes from Lithuania’s neighbor, Sweden, via an underwater cable that lies on the bottom of the Baltic Sea.

Lithuania's economy is considered a progressive economy with elevated income levels and a very high ranking on the Human Development Index. These superior rankings also apply to the country's standard of living and other measurements of civilian well-being, including citizen rights, freedom of press and Internet, democratic governance, peaceful coexistence with its neighbors and others. Lithuania is a full member of the European Union, including participation in all of the Union's institutions and the Eurozone. Lithuania's GDP stands at approximately $102 billion and the per-capita GDP at nearly $37,000 a year.

Lithuania's population is very well educated, a fact that has formed a certain deficiency in the basic workforce needed for manual and industrial labor. However, the country's membership in the European Union and the freedom of movement within the Union, allow Lithuania to try and attract  laborers for such positions from outside its borders.

Alongside its membership in the European Union, Lithuania is a full member of the World  Trade Organization and is party to a large number of trade agreements with countries in the region and various countries throughout Europe. Lithuania's largest trade partnerships are, first and foremost, with Russia, followed by Germany and its neighbors, Latvia and Poland. The United States also maintains trade relationships with Lithuania summing to several billion dollars a year. Oil is the country’s primary export, and its leading economic sectors are services and, to a lesser extent, industry and agriculture. The many and differing qualities of Lithuania and its progressive economy make the country an attractive business and commercial entryway to the Baltic states, to the European Union and to the rest of the world.


Type of company

Private Limited Liability Company (UAB)

Relevant Companies Law

The Commercial Law, 2012


Businesses are required to provide the authorities with an address of a local office.

Language of original incorporation documents


Finance and Taxation


Euro (EUR)

Corporate tax rate


Standard share capital

2,500 Euros

Office Holders

Company Secretary (Secretary)

Obligation to appoint company secretary

Not required

Obligation to appoint local secretary

Depends on the specific Emirate

Type of entity that may function as company secretary

Depends on the specific Emirate


Obligation to appoint company director


Obligation to appoint local company director

Not required

Minimum number of directors


Type of entity that may serve as company director



Obligation to register shareholders


Obligation to register local shareholders

Not required

Minimum number of shareholders


Type of entity that may register as shareholder

Individual and/or company

Type of shares

Registered shares

Accessibility of Information

Company registrar

Information regarding shareholders is publicly accessible. The personal details of the beneficiaries

Annual Assembly and Reporting

Obligation to hold annual assembly


Obligation to prepare financial reports


Obligation to submit financial reports


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