Ingrida Šimonytė, Prime Minister of Lithuania (Official photo)

Women and Adversity:
Ingrida Šimonytė
Prime Minister of Lithuania

Ingrida Šimonytė (pronounced In gre⸍ dah See mow knee⸍ tah) has a long history of service to her country, and she is an excellent choice to be elected prime minister of Lithuania. In a recent interview she reminded the West that Lithuania warned them about the dangers Russia posed to its security. Its attack on Ukraine proves her point. “We actually lost our belief that Russia is willing to become part of this global economy in good faith,” she said a year ago. One interviewer describes her as down-to-earth, unostentatious, unassuming.

Lithuania is the largest, most populous and southernmost of the Baltic States, which includes Estonia and Latvia. Its capital is Vilnius, and it has 2.8 million people. Latvia borders it to the north, the Baltic Sea is on the west. The Russian province of Kaliningrad borders it to the southwest along with Poland. Belarus, a Russian ally, borders it on the east. Lithuania was part of Russia from 1944 until it declared its independence in 1990 and gained it in 1991. It became a member of the European Union and NATO in 2004 and began using the euro as its monetary unit in 2015.

Ingrida Šimonytė   bio:
Born November 15, 1974 in Vilnius
Father — a civil engineer
Mother — an economist
1996 — bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from Vilnius University
1998 — master’s degree in economics from Vilnius University


Political Career:
1997 2004 Ministry of Finance in tax division
2004-2009  —  Chancellor of the ministry and later deputy finance minister
2009-2012 —  Finance minister
2012-2016 — deputy chairperson of the board of the Bank of Lithuania
2016-2020   —  Elected to represent the constituency of Antakalnis,  an area of Vilnius
2020- present — Prime Minister of Lithuania

Personal life:
Šimonytė  speaks Lithuanian, English, Russian, Polish and basic Swedish
Not married — no  children

 Learn more about Ingrida Šimonytė:
Lithuanian PM Ingrida Simonyte: ‘Russia is losing, so Putin is attacking civilians’ • FRANCE 24 – YouTube
World Stage: Ukraine with Lithuania Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte – The Washington Post

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