Tolerance in Lithuania: Attitudes Towards National Minorities

Diana Janušauskienė


This article is devoted to the analysis of tolerance towards national minorities in Lithuania. The article combines the analysis of the phenomenon of tolerance as a core social value and the analysis of empirical evidence of tolerance in the Lithuanian society. The scientific investigation of empirical situation is based on the secondary analysis of sociological data.
Tolerance is one of the social values that are present and protected in modern multicultural democratic societies. Even thought the level of social tolerance varies from country to country and within time periods, Europe remains a perfect example of practices of social tolerance. In general, the level of tolerance is altering and depends on many factors, such as the level of urbanisation, multiculturalism, historical development, the development of the state, etc. In this article, the factors of multiculturalism and urbanisation are analysed in a more precise manner.
Lithuania, due to its historical experience and geopolitical situation, is one of the European countries that are multicultural and have a long history of national minorities living in the country. According to the data of sociological research, the majority of the Lithuanian population is tolerant towards national minorities. Even though one third of the population express some kind of negative attitudes towards national minorities, it is necessary to stress that these negative attitudes are almost absent in everyday life of the society.


tolerance; national minorities in Lithuania; value system; value research

Full Text:

PDF (Lietuvių)


  • There are currently no refbacks.

"Societal studies" ISSN online 2029-2244 / ISSN print 2029-2236