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Lithuanian
lietuvių kalba
Native to Lithuania
Native speakers 3.2 million  (1998)
Language family
Indo-European
  • Balto-Slavic
    • Baltic
      • Eastern Baltic
        • Lithuanian
Dialects
Samogitian, Aukštaitian
Writing system Latin
Official status
Official language in
  • Lithuania
Recognised minority language in
  • Poland
  • United States
Language codes
ISO 639-1 lt
ISO 639-2 lit
ISO 639-3 lit

Lithuanian is the official state language of Lithuania and is recognized as one of the official languages of the European Union. There are about 3.2 million native Lithuanian speakers in Lithuania and about 200,000 abroad.

Lithuanian is a Baltic language, closely related to Latvian, although they are not mutually intelligible. It is written in a Latin alphabet. The Lithuanian language is often said to be the most conservative living Indo-European language, retaining many features of Proto-Indo-European now lost in other Indo-European languages.