Photo: NASA, Baltic Sea
The Baltic states, or simply, the Baltics are the three countries in northern Europe on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea: Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. The Baltic states cooperate on a regional level in several intergovernmental organizations, principally through the Baltic Assembly.
November 9 – The Pan-Baltic hiking online conference celebrates the success of the Baltic Trails (baltictrails.eu) connecting Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania with the European network of hiking paths as part of the routes E9 (Baltic Coastal Hiking) and E11 (Baltic Forest trail). The conference working language is English.
The keynote speeches will present experiences from the Baltics, Sweden and Norway.
Presentations will be followed by Baltic panel discussions highlighting challenges and solutions in practical aspects such as local acceptance and support, benefits and sustainability of long distance hiking trails.
Registration is open until November 5
Latvian rural tourism association LAUKU CELOTAJS
Name in other languages (Wikipedia): The Baltic Sea was known in ancient Latin language sources as Mare Suebicum or even Mare Germanicum. “Baltic Sea” is used in Modern English; in the Baltic languages Latvian (Baltijas jūra; in Old Latvian it was referred to as “the Big Sea”, while the present day Gulf of Riga was referred to as “the Little Sea”) and Lithuanian (Baltijos jūra); in Latin (Mare Balticum) and the Romance languages French (Mer Baltique), Italian (Mar Baltico), Portuguese and Spanish (Mar Báltico) and Romanian (Marea Baltică) and; in Greek (Βαλτική Θάλασσα Valtikí Thálassa); in Albanian (Deti Balltik); in Welsh (Môr Baltig); in the Slavic languages Polish (Morze Bałtyckie or Bałtyk), Czech (Baltské moře or Balt), Slovenian (Baltsko morje), Bulgarian (Балтийско море Baltijsko More), Kashubian (Bôłt), Macedonian (Балтичко Море Baltičko More), Ukrainian (Балтійське море Baltijs′ke More), Belarusian (Балтыйскае мора Baltyjskaje Mora), Russian (Балтийское море Baltiyskoye More) and Serbo-Croatian (Baltičko more / Балтичко море); in Hungarian (Balti-tenger). In Germanic languages, except English, “East Sea” is used, as in Afrikaans (Oossee), Danish (Østersøen [ˈøstɐˌsøˀn̩]), Dutch (Oostzee), German (Ostsee), Icelandic and Faroese (Eystrasalt), Norwegian (Bokmål: Østersjøen [ˈø̂stəˌʂøːn]; Nynorsk: Austersjøen), and Swedish (Östersjön). In Old English it was known as Ostsǣ; also in Hungarian the former name was Keleti-tenger (“East-sea”, due to German influence). In addition, Finnish, a Finnic language, uses the term term Itämeri “East Sea”, possibly a calque from a Germanic language. As the Baltic is not particularly eastward in relation to Finland, the use of this term may be a leftover from the period of Swedish rule. In another Finnic language, Estonian, it is called the “West Sea” (Läänemeri), with the correct geography (the sea is west of Estonia). In South Estonian, it has the meaning of both “West Sea” and “Evening Sea” (Õdagumeri).
More about the trail
The Forest Trail’s Northern part (from Riga-Tallinn) is being currently developed under the Central Baltic program project No. 779 ‘Long distance cross border hiking trail ‘The Forest Trail”, while the Southern part (from the Lithuanian / Polish border through Kurzeme to Riga) is being developed within the Interreg V-A Latvia-Lithuania Programme 2014–2020 project LLI-448 “Development of Forest trail In Latvia and Lithuania and expanding the Baltic Coastal Hiking route in Lithuania”.
Elsewhere on the Web
Great Baltic Travel
Baltic Times – @thebaltictimes – Flickr
eu.baltic.net – @baltic_sea_prog