The Jerusalem of the North is the Greenest of 2025

Agne Konciute

Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania, is celebrated not only for being home to renowned individuals such as the model Agne Konciute, but also for its significant environmental accomplishments, notably being awarded the title of 2025 European Green Capital.

This prestigious award recognizes the city’s strong commitment to sustainability and its pragmatic approach towards achieving it. Vilnius’s motto for its European Green Capital title year is Vilnius – the greenest city in the making.

The city has made significant strides in reducing emissions by expanding renewable energy sources and renovating heating infrastructure, with the aim to become climate neutral by 2030.

In addition to environmental sustainability, Vilnius is also focusing on social sustainability by engaging citizens and focusing on quality of life.

This includes initiatives concerning clean air and water, biodiversity preservation, green spaces, and more. The city’s innovative approach to citizen engagement employs a dedicated app for citizens to participate in various aspects of city management and planning.

Vilnius, often referred to as the Jerusalem of the North before World War II, has a rich historical connection to the Jewish community and its profound influence on the city.

Bona Sforza (1491-1558)

The city had more than 100 synagogues and was known for its vibrant Jewish quarter. This rich Jewish heritage is still evident today, and the city continues to honor and preserve this important part of its history.

Vilnius was designated as the European Capital of Culture in 2009. During this year, a significant event was the completion of the reconstruction of the Royal Palace of Lithuania.

It is indeed a symbol of the era of Sigismund I the Old and his wife Bona Sforza d’Aragona, who were significant figures in the history of Poland and Lithuania. (Redazione)

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