Klaipeda is a city in Lithuania situated at the mouth of the Curonian Lagoon where it flows into the Baltic Sea. As Lithuania's only seaport, it has ferry terminal connections to Sweden, and Germany. Some of its older buildings have picturesque half-timbered construction, similar to that found in Germany, France, England, Denmark and southern Sweden.The population shrank from 207,100 in 1992 to 187,442 in 2005. Popular seaside resorts found close to Klaipeda are Nida to the south on the Curonian Spit, and Palanga to the north.
From 1252–1923 and from 1939–1945, the town and city was officially named Memel. Due to political changes between 1923 and 1939, both names were in the official use; since 1945 the Lithuanian name of Klaipeda. A settlement of Baltic tribes in the territory of the present-day city is said to have existed in the region as early as the 7th century.