On Lithuanian stereotypes, immigration and… art || Away in UK


“The British feel the competition and they don’t like it, because it makes them work harder”, observes Rokas, a 20 year old Lithuanian photography student, currently living in London.

This and many more rather bold statements are featured in a short documentary story recently produced by, and available online.

And no, Rokas does not pick strawberries in Kent; he wouldn’t know how to lay bricks, and he certainly feels rather upset by the Lithuania-related stereotypes we all have to shake off.

The video is rather short and slightly too one-dimensional to fully explore the subject of immigration impact on the British economy, or the perception of Lithuanians in the UK, but perhaps the slow pace of the interview is proof that there are decent, normal Lithuanian people out there who don’t have to drink drive or commit murder in order to attract attention.

5 Responses

29 April, 2008, 10:30 am, kestutis said:

Welcome back, Indeed many of the Lithuanians in the UK old and new are studious, artistic and not stereotypical at all.

10 May, 2008, 2:25 pm, Lina said:

Lithuanians on current! Great! Rokas sounds like a smart guy, yet some statements he makes are quite direct and won’t please everybody. Well, he comes from a courageous country anyway 🙂 Thanks for posting and please don’t forget your English blog – there’s definitely a target audience for it!

26 May, 2008, 5:34 am, Mykolas said:

Here are a few examples of questions directed towards Lithuanian immigrant freinds in the U.S. (Where ignorance continues to prevail)

1. Do you have televisions in Lithuania?
2. How many people live in your village? (Many assume that there are no cities.)
3. Do you have a horse?
4. Can you teach me how to say something in Polish?

8 May, 2009, 9:24 pm, Ruta said:

I though the stereotype of Lithuanians as a strawberry pickers or bricklayers was gone long time ago…Maybe i’m wrong.

31 May, 2009, 10:35 pm, Maks said:

Lol Mykolas that’s so funny! The first three are the same for the Poles maybe with addition of ‘How much alcohol/vodka can you drink?’. The 4th one is also true but, if you change ‘Polish’ (lol) for “Russian’.

PS The Lithuanians rock! 😀 However, the funny thing is that almost every word in your language ends with ‘-as’. 😉

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