I think that generally speaking people have no strong opinions about Lithuanians, especially the younger generation. We just don't really know much about them. The older people I know just say stuff like "Vilnius is beautiful" and that's all.
If anything - I've heard the opinion that Lithuanians dislike us for historical reasons. Eg. waiting longer than other customers for the dishes to be served in restaurants, when staff founds out you're Polish (this happened to some people I know) or this pretty big scandal that involved changing Polish names to Lithuanian sounding ones. I've also heard there were some problems with schools for Polish-speaking kids in Lithuania a few years ago. Such things can lead to a negative view on them in exchange.
But if you ask an average student about Lithuania they'd probably say "I don't know, I don't care". I'm living in west/central Poland btw.
I never heard anything bad about Lithuania or Lithuanians in conversation with other people here. However it might be one case which could bring shitsorm at this area. I mean you can hear from Lithuanian side that Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (we are talking about 1569-1795 year) was actually act of Polish aggression and assassination of Lithuania. I recommend to not start conversation with Poles about that statement.
No it's not. Most of Poles associate Lithuanians with Commonwealth and it's only positive association. More interested abut regional politics ppl might have negative connotations because of Lithuanian policy against Poles after '90(writing of Polish names in official documents etc.).
But as I sad, generally no. There is no negative opinion.
I fully share the opinion above. Our general view on and approach to Lithuania is good, rather neutral, just normal. What worries or annoys us sometimes is some bad news appearing in the media from time to time, reg. some incomprehensible governmental decisions related to imposing bans or restrictions over teaching Polish in primary/high schools as well as to eliminating Polish symbols, various inscriptions placed for years in the public space incl. streets names stated in parallel in Polish. We all know why the things look like this. Our common history is a common good, a high value we must not forget about, not mentioning about attempts of destroying it.
I was in Lituania, and afer I returned everybody (really - like 90%) asked me if the Lituanian people were rude to me. When I asked - why, they say: because these guys don't like us. I just guess - we don't know them and we atribute them many bad features.
Lithuanians are cool people but they exaggerate with nationalism. What is very funny that instead of proud to be a member of commonwealth (republic of two nations 1569-1795) they deny any liaisons and cooperation with Poland in the past. The remnants of Polish history are wiped out. This is bad. You can be proud of your culture but you can not forget about past. This is for me ridiculous.
@milmichal I also noticed, that their opinion on the commonealth is totally diferent. For them the polish people were the oppressors. I wonder - why is it so? Where does the truth lie? Of course, for the lituanian nobles it wasn't a problem, because they polonized very quickly. But maybe we are missing something in this idyllic vision of commonwealth.
@EsmeWeatherwax this is simply the overcalculated vision. They had bigger country as Poland before first union (1386) so they consider themselves as allmighty but they did not have any chance to keep it because of enemies. The alliance with Poland enabled them to keep their country for Poland it was also good so the effect was nice for both sides. Unfortunately: their culture turned to be weak: the elites started to polonize, used Polish language etc. Under Russian occupation they had to rebuild language and culture to regain independence so they blame us for this cultural expansion.
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