Being the country of Central Europe and one of the Baltic States that experience rapid development, Lithuania has a 99 km land strip at the Baltic Sea. Territory of Lithuania is 65 000 sq. km, whereas population is over 3 million. Lithuania is a country of plains with a well developed infrastructure of roads. Highways, a network of railways being modernised in compliance with the European standards, three operating international airports (Vilnius Airport, Kaunas Airport and Palanga Airport situated at a distance of 315 km, 220 km and 25 km from Klaipėda respectively) offer favourable conditions for development of business, industrial and transitional activity.
Klaipėda is the gate of Lithuania to the world. The city is famous both for its past and present. Klaipėda is the northernmost ice-free port on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea accepting both commercial and cruise ships of foreign countries. It is located close to other ports of the Baltic Sea, i.e. at a distance of 141 km and 339 km from Kaliningrad (Russia) and Riga (Latvia) respectively.
Klaipėda is the third Lithuanian city by size and the biggest transport hub connecting sea, land, railway and air (Palanga) routes from East and West. Besides, Klaipėda offers the cleanest seaside beaches, complexes of rest homes and spas (Palanga, the Curonian Spit), unique landscapes and woods of the Nemunas delta and Curonian Spit.
Klaipėda is a part of the Euroregion "Baltija" and the network of ports of the Baltic inland sea watershed. Due to its unique geographical location, investments, University of Klaipėda and developing relations with the European Union, Klaipėda has become an important economic, politic and cultural region, the most rapidly growing industrial and transport centre among the Baltic States.
In economy of Klaipėda, services (loading works at the port, agency, logistics, tourism, public sector) prevail with the share of 70 %, whereas the share of 30% goes to production and construction. An attraction centre for investments is represented by the Free Economic Zone (FEZ) with the benefits on profit taxes, real estate taxes, road taxes, etc. applied to the companies operating in the zone.
Klaipėda population exceeds 177 thousand. Each year, in summer, the city accepts huge flows of holidaymakers and turn to a "summer capital". The most favourite places of recreation are Klaipėda seaside, the Curonian Spit, Palanga.
The city fosters an impressive vision of its future. And one of the city future vision incorporates Gandrališkės, a modern and comfortable dwelling district with commercial areas. It is a dwelling quarter in Lithuania and the first quarter of such a type in Klaipėda. Gandrališkės occupies an area of 6.5 ha. The quarter has been building up at a distance of 300 m from the Curonian Lagoon, close to the Naujoji Perkėla, between Taikos and Minijos streets. Gandrališkės is situated at a stretch of just 500 metres from clean sandy beaches of Smiltynė and at a distance of 22 km from Neringa, which offers peaceful resort places waving by woods and alluring by sunny dunes. It takes 10 minutes to the residents of the quarter to find themselves in the Old Town.