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Aberdeen


Sometimes known as the "Granite City" after the locally mined stone used in many of its buildings, Aberdeen is the third largest city in Scotland in the UK. As of 2005, Aberdeen had an estimated population of 202,370.


Key Facts About Aberdeen


Aberdeen
Here are some key facts about Aberdeen:
  1. Aberdeen is Scotland's third largest city.

  2. Aberdeen is located in northern Scotland between the mouths of the River Dee and the River Don.

  3. People from Aberdeen are called Aberdonians.

  4. Aberdeen has a number of traditional nicknames:

    • The Granite City

    • The Grey City

    • The Silver City with Golden Sands

    All the nicknames refer that many of the cities buildings (especially those built between the mid 18th century and the mid 20th century) were at least partially constructed from locally quarried grey granite (grey granite sometimes appears to sparkle due to the high mica content).

  5. Aberdeen has been an important center of the oil industry since the discovery of North Sea Oil in the 1970s.

    As a result, Aberdeen has acquired some newer nicknames referring to this fact:

    • The Oil Capital of Europe

    • The Energy Capital of Europe

  6. Today, the oil industry is the dominant industry in the city. Traditional industries also include fishing, paper-making, shipbuilding, and textiles.

  7. Aberdeen is home to one of the busiest commercial heliports in the world, and Northeast Scotland's busiest seaport - largely due to the oil industry.

  8. Aberdeen is also a major educational center, being home to two major universities: the University of Aberdeen, and The Robert Gordon University.

  9. Since 2010, Aberdeen has hosted the Aberdeen International Youth Festival each year. This is a festival of youth arts which attracts over 1,000 young people.

  10. Aberdeen has won the Britain in Bloom (a horticultural competition organized by the Royal Horticultural Society), a record 10 times.


Attractions and Places of Interest in Aberdeen


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Weather in Aberdeen


Aberdeen is exposed to the North Sea, and although it has an oceanic climate, is well-known for its often biting winds and driving rain.

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