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Since the establishment of the state in the mid 13th century, Lithuania has been a multinational state, a unique example of national coexistence and respect for inherent human rights. Poles, Russians, Belarusians, Ukrainians, and Karaites together formed an integrated society of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. As the borders of the country expanded, following the invitation of the rulers of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, craftsmen and merchants of various nationalities moved into the country, including the Jewish community persecuted elsewhere in Europe who found shelter and prospered here. People from different countries were driven to Lithuania for different reasons; however, everyone who came here had the opportunity to develop. Despite their political subordination to the Lithuanian state, everyone’s cultural and religious peculiarities we respected.
After the establishment of the Republic of Two Nations (Poland-Lithuania) in the 16th century, Polish culture and language had an important place in society. This did not prevent people of various nationalities from living together – they actively participated in the political, social, economic, and cultural life of the country.
Respect for linguistic tolerance in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania is illustrated by the fact that while many noblemen of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania were or called themselves Lithuanian and without reservation attributed themselves to the Lithuanian nation, not all of them knew the Lithuanian language.