Klaipėda (Lithuanian: [ˈkɫɐɪpʲeːdɐ] (listen); German: Memel; Polish: Kłajpeda; Russian: Клайпеда; Samogitian: Klaipieda) is a city in Lithuania on the Baltic Sea coast. The capital of the eponymous county, it is the third largest city and the only major seaport in Lithuania.
The city has a complex recorded history, partially due to the combined regional importance of the usually ice-free Port of Klaipėda at the mouth of the river Akmena-Danė. It was controlled by successive German states until the 1919 Treaty of Versailles. As a result of the 1923 Klaipėda Revolt it was annexed by Lithuania and has remained with Lithuania to this day, except between 1939 and 1945 when it was returned to Germany following the 1939 German ultimatum to Lithuania.
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