The Baltic Region as it happens

Amber's importance to Baltic countries

2022 09 02

The Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania have a rich history and culture that is deeply connected to the natural resources found in the region. One of the most prized and significant of these resources is amber, a fossilised tree resin that has been prized for its beauty and healing properties for thousands of years.


Amber is found in large quantities along the Baltic Sea coast, and has been an important part of the region's economy and culture for centuries. The ancient Greeks and Romans believed that amber had healing properties and used it in medicine and jewellery. The Baltic tribes also treasured amber, using it for trade and as a symbol of wealth and power.


Today, amber is still an important part of Baltic culture and is a major tourist attraction. Visitors can find amber jewellery, carvings, and other crafts in markets and shops throughout the region. Some of the most famous amber craftsmen can be found in the Lithuanian city of Palanga, which is known for its amber museum and workshops.


In addition to its cultural significance, amber is also an important part of Baltic history. Amber has been used to make jewellery and other decorative objects since prehistoric times, and many ancient artefacts made of amber have been found in the region. These include jewellery, figurines, and even amber-inlaid weapons.


Overall, amber is an integral part of the Baltic culture, heritage and economy. It represents the natural beauty of the region and has been treasured for its aesthetic and healing properties for thousands of years. It's a must-see for any visitor interested in the rich history and culture of the Baltic countries.

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