Klaipėda City Municipality

Total population: 147,898

In 2018: Entered: 5,325, Left: 6,081, Net (change): -756

Unemployment level (02/2019): 7.4%
VDU (2018 Q3) (after tax): EUR 760

Average apartment price per 1m2 (03/2019): EUR 1184

LFMI (2018) Municipal Performance Index: 1 (out of 6 city municipalities)

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Klaipėda City Municipality is rated particularly well or at least above-average in almost all areas. Areas that particularly stand out are education, health and social care, investment and development as well as taxes, with one of the lowest average land taxes, main tax rates for real estate and business certificates.

About Klaipėda

The city, together with its main partners (Klaipėda State Seaport Authority, Klaipėda University, Klaipėda Free Economic Zone (FEZ) Management Company, Klaipėda Industrialists Association and Klaipėda Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts), has developed an economic development strategy and action plan ‘Klaipėda 2030’ , which aims to reach 25,000 new jobs, 2,000 new businesses, EUR 1.5 billion of new investment, 200% increase in export, 40 thousand more residents in Klaipėda, twice the salary, and 400 thousand accommodated tourists by 2030.

There are several co-working spaces for young businesses operating (or opening in the near future) in Klaipėda: Culture Factory, Castle Workshop, Spiečius, Science and Technology Park.

Children and young people in the municipality are provided with opportunities to integrate after returning from abroad, to study in English or to obtain international education at Klaipėda Lyceum, the International School Universa Via or the International LCC University.

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Employment

Expected shortages of workers in 2019

  • Cabinet-makers and related workers
  • Tutors
  • Social educators
  • Bartenders
  • Concrete placers
  • Carpenters and joiners
  • Painters
  • Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers

Professions with the highest demand in the municipality

Professionals

  • Advertising and marketing professionals
  • Administrative and executive professionals
  • Stock clerks
  • Social work associate professionals
  • Secondary education teachers
  • Early childhood educators
  • Accounting and bookkeeping clerks
  • Retail and wholesale trade managers

Workers

  • Shop sales assistants
  • Welders and flamecutters
  • Carpenters and joiners
  • Cooks
  • Plumbers and pipe fitters
  • Heavy truck and lorry drivers
  • House builders

For more information about the most and least demanded professions in the municipality, please see the Occupations Map

Average salary in Lithuanian companies

The Sodra website publishes data on average salary paid by companies and compares the average salary of one company with that of other companies engaged in the same economic activity or operating in the same municipality.

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Companies with the highest number of employees

  • HEADEX, UAB
  • Public Institution Klaipėda University Hospital
  • Public Institution Klaipėda Republican Hospital
  • Security company Argus, UAB
  • Public Institution Klaipėda Seamen’s Hospital
  • Yazaki Wiring Technologies Lietuva, UAB
  • Klaipėda University
  • RNDV Group, UAB
  • Klaipėdos Baldai, AB
  • Klaipėdos Mediena, AB
  • DFDS Seaways, AB

Employment Services

The Employment Service assists individuals in their employment by appointing an individual specialist to draw up employment operating plans, provide refresher courses, and send individuals to complete vocational training programs; individuals under the age of 29 are offered the programme ‘Discover Yourself’ and may also be eligible for start-up support; a subsidy service is provided to older people (where the state covers part of the salary paid by the employer).

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Employment Services Support for Mobility

Mobility support is the opportunity to receive travel reimbursement when travelling to work in another city. Travel expenses are reimbursed for up to 3 months from the start of employment or participation. The amount of compensation ranges between 25% and 33% of the minimum monthly amount (depending on salary).

Distances to nearest cities:

  • Šilutė: ~50 KM 
  • Palanga: ~30 KM 
  • Kretinga: ~30 KM

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Business

 

Klaipeda ID is a multifunctional service centre for business, investors and talent. The Agency seeks to ensure that the investment environment of Klaipėda meets the needs of modern business, to grow the priority directions of the city’s economic strategy, to publicise the investment attractiveness of the city and to create conditions for the highest level professionals to work and live in Klaipėda.

Planning to come to Klaipėda to do business or invest? Contact Klaipėda ID team!

Business training cycles are organised, consisting of 4 events: 2 theoretical, 2 practical sessions on business start-up and development topics; cooperation with educational institutions in the implementation of Business Practical Training Firms (BPTFs) fair in Klaipėda.

For: SMEs, youth under 29.

Contact: Public Institution Klaipėda Economic Development Agency; Bangų g. 5 A, LT-91250, Klaipėda; Director Raimonda Laužikienė, tel. 846 311 010, raimonda@kepa.lt

SMEs that meet the concept of the creative industries sector are granted preferential conditions to reside in the Culture Factory

For: representatives of creative industries, professional independent young artists in the modern performing arts industry; natural persons, enterprises or associations affiliated to the creative industries (design and film industries, enterprises and natural persons providing information technology and software services to businesses, as well as other creative enterprises and individuals providing services to businesses (of which at least two-thirds are members under 35).

Contact: Public Institution Klaipėda ID; Bangų g. 5 A, Klaipėda, www.kulturosfabrikas.lt

Information on rates can be found here

Promoting entrepreneurship and engagement of people

Favourable conditions for starting a business are provided, including support of up to EUR 10 thousand per entity; inactive people of working age are encouraged to acquire professional qualification, retrain and enter the labour market; complex support is provided to SMEs employing social risk persons; new forms of work with youth in the target area are being implemented in order to facilitate the self-actualisation of young people experiencing social exclusion through vocational guidance, volunteering and socio-cultural activities.

For: new start-ups; residents who started a business at least 1 year prior to joining the project activities; residents of working age who are inactive in the labour market, other working population whose household income does not exceed household poverty line; SMEs employing persons at social risk; young people under 29.

Contact: Local Action Group of the Integrated Territorial Investment of Klaipėda City; Liepų g. 11, LT-91502 Klaipėda, Head Indrė Butenienė, tel.: 846 396184, email: indre.buteniene@klaipeda.lt.

The information has been prepared according to the material provided by Enterprise Lithuania

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Co-working Space Spiečius

"Spiečiai" is a non-traditional type of business development space created by "Versli Lietuva", adapted for small and medium business entities operating for no longer than 5 years, to cooperate with each other and expand. "Spiečiai" is focused on representatives of digital and creative industries.

These centers provide entrepreneurs with free computerized workstations with equipment, digital and creative industries development, social business consultations, practical mentoring sessions, business education training (work with various programs, tools and platforms) and other business promotion and development initiatives.

You can find these centers in Alytus, Šiauliai, Tauragė, Panevėžys, and Klaipėda. More about "Spiečius" you can find here. Contact person: i.kazlauskiene@verslilietuva.lt

Co-working Space "Light House"

Light House is one of the largest coworking spaces in the Baltics with an integrated co-living area, a private sports club and a restaurant. Adapted to work and live 24/7.

Light House aims to bring together young entrepreneurs, scientists, innovators, IT specialists and investors into one community, so that they can work together to create innovative solutions, digitize, robotize the city of Klaipeda and disseminate examples of good practice throughout Lithuania. These centers provide entrepreneurs with free computerized workstations with equipment, digital and creative industries development, social business consultations, practical mentoring sessions, business education training (work with various programs, tools and platforms) and other business promotion and development initiatives. 

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Klaipėda Business Park

Klaipėda Business Park / Klaipėdos verslo parkas (KVP) is the leading business park in Western Lithuania,  situated in the Free Economic Zone in  Klaipėda, the 2nd largest seaport in the Baltics. KVP offers 24.000 m2 of Production, Commercial, Logistics and Office premises for lease. Large outside storage areas/loading yards and ample car parking are available adjacent to all units.

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Education

General level of education

Average number of pupils in a class:

  • Grades 1–4  23 pupils
  • Grades 5–8  25 pupils
  • Grades 9–12, gymnasium grades I–IV  27 pupils

More on general education level

SME indicators above national average:

  • Lithuanian
  • Mathematics
  • Foreign Languages
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

Percentage of teachers holding highest qualification: 59 %

Percentage of pupils feeling good at school: 54 %

Olympiad prize winners per 10,000 pupils: 13.6 

Proportion of pupils who passed the state maturity examinations:

  • 3 and more SMEs 61 %
  • at least one SME 88 %

Ministry of Education and Science Quality Map

A map prepared by the Ministry of Education and Science showing the differences in educational achievements among different municipalities. The map shows pupils’ achievements in the Lithuanian language and mathematics, as well as the average number of pupils in a classroom, statistics on the general situation in Lithuania.

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Information on admission to kindergartens

A map prepared by the Ministry of Education and Science showing the differences in educational achievements among different municipalities. The map shows pupils’ achievements in the Lithuanian language and mathematics, as well as the average number of pupils in a classroom, statistics on the general situation in Lithuania.

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List of educational institutions

The link provides a list of all educational institutions in Klaipėda (preschool, elementary schools, progymnasiums and gymnasiums). Once you have selected the institution of your choice, you will see its website and contact details if you would like to contact the institution directly.

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Klaipėda Vitė Progymnasium

Twelve children who have returned from abroad are already studying at Vitė Progymnasium, which is part of the ‘Create Lithuania’ network of schools working with children returning to/coming to Lithuania: 10 elementary school students and 2 senior students. There is a tendency that the number of such children increases every year, and the main difficulty they face is their poor command of the Lithuanian language. The project to facilitate the integration of returning children at school is announced to begin on 1st September.

Klaipėda Lyceum

Klaipėda Lyceum provides three relevant services. First, the school allows application for distance learning if the children are abroad. Secondly, as of 2018/2019 school year onwards, gymnasium grade I pupils of the Lyceum will have the opportunity to prepare for the International Baccalaureate Programme (receive education in English), which will be operational from 2020. Thirdly, there is a classroom for foreigners arriving at the school (subjects are taught in English but opportunities to learn Lithuanian with other students are also available).

Klaipėda Vyturys Progymnasium

One of the participants of the Lithuanian network of schools that will ensure integration of children returning from emigration and foreigners into the education system, is Klaipėda Vyturys Progymnasium. The main difficulties faced by children returning from abroad are reading, comprehension of the text and especially writing in Lithuanian, which requires additional individual training for these children. At Vyturys Progymnasium, returning children receive individual counselling, are not initially assessed and receive additional training provided by specially selected educators. 

Klaipėda Žaliakalnis Gymnasium

From the autumn, the Žaliakalnis Gymnasium in Klaipėda will also join the network of schools that accept children returning and coming from abroad. Although there are no expat children currently studying in the gymnasium, children from abroad are being educated. For this, the Eduka class and the Moodle training system are used.

Social services

Social services provided by the municipality

The link contains the municipal social services and support. Services include access to child benefits, lump-sum benefits, support for school meals or supplies, public service discounts, and more.

Complex family services

Complex family services are a variety of services designed to solve family problems or facilitate the daily life of families. Although each municipality chooses which services are provided within its territory, the services generally include psychosocial assistance, childcare, family financial planning and management training, family camp organisation, mediation, etc.

Klaipėda City Social Support Centre

A centre that provides a variety of social services or assistance, such as transportation, mediation or representation in institutions, home help for the elderly, day care, essentials and more.

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Useful initiatives

Global Klaipėda

Global Regions is an initiative that seeks to extend the borders of Lithuania by integrating expatriated Lithuanians into the life of their home town and city, providing an opportunity to contribute to the economic well-being of the town and to promote the region’s potential.

Infocentre for migrants.

The centre provides social, legal, psychological and vocational guidance counselling to foreigners, organises information events (seminars on topics relevant to migrants), Lithuanian language training and public awareness training.

Do you know or have an initiative or service that would benefit returning Lithuanians, incoming foreigners or compatriots living abroad? Let us know!

Leisure

Leisure
  • The most modern swimming pool in the Baltic States with 9 m. diving shaft
  • 12 theaters
  • One of the longest bicycle paths in Lithuania, through which the section of the international EuroVelo Hanseatic Ring passes
  • Surfing center at Melnrage pier
  • Several publicly available sailing centers (GoSail, Halz, etc.)
  • 3 Go-Kart centers, one of which is closed and long (half a km) open all year round
  • Modern Lighthouse Arena with up to 7,500 seats for sports events, concerts, theaters, exhibitions, art performances
  • KarKar Park for the whole family
  • Exhibition Hall
  • Klaipeda Culture and Communication Center
Museums
  • History of Lithuania Minor
  • Blacksmithing
  • Clocks
  • Lithuanian see museum and dolphinarium
Keliavimas ir paslaugos mieste

ETaksi, CityBee (cars, mini vans, bycicles), Foodout, Wolt, DancerBus, Giraffes of the City.

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Information updated: 2020-11-06
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