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Some words about Swedish Speaking Population in the Baltic Countries. There never was any native Swedish speaking population in Lithuania. Lithuanian native minorities are Poles, Russians, Belarussians, Ukrainians, Jews, Germans, Tatars, Latvians, Gipsies, and Karaims. For more information visit the site of the Department of Statistics to the Government of the Republic of Lithuania (Statistics Lithuania)  <>.
Audrius Slapsinskas, 24 June 2003

Association of the Germans in Klaipeda

image by Jens Pattke, 20 January 2008

image by Jens Pattke, 20 January 2008

Here is the flag of the Association of the Germans in Klaipeda. Klaipeda (German: Memel) is a city in Lithuania situated at the mouth of the Curonian Lagoon where it flows into the Baltic Sea. Here lives a small German minority (approximately 4000 persons).
The Germans and their descendants have organized in the "Verein der Deutschen in Klaipeda" (Lithuanian: Klaipedos vokieciu bendrija; English: Association of the Germans in Klaipeda). The flag combines the German and Lithuanian flag. In the middle of the flag is the circular logo of the former district of Memelland and present Coat of Arms.
The use of the Lithuanian name of the city "Klaipeda" means the recognition of the sovereignty of the Republic of Lithuania on the area of the former district of Memelland.
Source: TV-reports "Meine Heimat-Deine Heimat",  17.01.2008; TV-Channel ZDF.
Jens Pattke, 20 January 2008

Eastern Polish Soviet Republic

Poles in Vilnius wanted to establish such a republic in 1989. I read that the polish hoisted Polish flags (red and white) , and Polish flags with emblems but with a little differences from the current Polish eagle
Jaume Olle', 23 June 1998

Polish People in Vilnius Region

image by Robert Szymanski, 10 September 2006

The flag of Vilnius Region is the regional flag of Polish people of Wilnoland/Vilnius Region and it is a flag of people inhabited in this region for couple hundred years. Nowadays in Europe we can observe regeneration of small nations and national minorities. Most nations and national groups, which didn't have their own flags before, have them now, keeping in mind that process of regionalization in Europe is in progress and the Movement "100 Flags" gets stronger, it is the reason why Lithuanian Polish People's Party <> raised up the question of setting up the regional symbols of Vilnius Region. The symbols which are set and used by people of Vilnius Region is not created under any legislation of directives. The flag was accepted in a conference of Lithuanian Polish People's Party in 27 July 2003. It is modificated version of the flag since the Rebellions 1830 - 1831 and 1863, but still in the same colors. On the upper, broad, white stripe is situated pastiched blossom of cornflower, plenty of which you can find in the fields of Vilnius Region and which from ancient times was a symbol of Slavs.
Robert Szymanski, 10 September 2006