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Purnuskes is a small village in Lithuania that lies about 25 km to the north of Vilnius. Some consider this place to be the real Centre of Europe.


Its claim to fame is that in 1989 the National Institute of Geography, of France, calculated the centre of Europe to be just outside the village. A stone memorial was erected on the calculated spot. A subsequent revision, after it was realised that Malta had been omitted from the calculation, changed the location ... by about 100 metres. A brand new memorial pillar was erected in 2004 to mark Lithuania's membership of the EU.[1]

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  • The (Real) Centre of Europe. (It has now somehow moved a little closer.)

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