Baltic region

Baltic region

Baltic Sea and surrounding countries

The terms Baltic region, Baltic Rim countries, and Baltic Rim refer to slightly different combinations of countries in the general area surrounding the Baltic Sea.


The first to name it the Baltic Sea ("Mare Balticum") was eleventh century German chronicler Adam of Bremen.


Depending on the context the Baltic region might stand for:

  • The group of countries presently referred to by the shorthand Baltic states: Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.
  • Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Kaliningrad Oblast of Russia, exclaved from the remainder of Russia.
  • The former Baltic province of Imperial Russia: Today's Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania (without the formerly German area around Memel).

See also

External links

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  • The Baltic Sea Information Centre
  • EU Baltic Sea Region Strategy (EUSBSR) - a strategy aiming to accelerate the integration of the region
  • The Baltic University Programme - a University network focused on a sustainable development in the Baltic Sea region.
  • Baltic Sea Region Spatial Planning Initiative VASAB
  • Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013
  • vifanord – a digital library that provides scientific information on the Nordic and Baltic countries as well as the Baltic region as a whole.