02 May, 2009

An Overview about Swansea


Swansea is situated in United Kingdom, in the southern part of Wales. It is the second most populous city in Wales after Cardiff. The city was also known as “Copperopolis”, being one of the centre of the world copper industry. It covers total area of almost 400 square kilometers and has a density of over 1500 people / square kilometer.

The city dates from prehistoric times. The city was visited by Romans and Vikings. It was founded by Sweyn Forkbeard,Viking king of Denmark at the beginning of the second millennium. The city can be divided into 4 areas: Lliv uplandsm, Gower peninsula, the coastal strip around the Swansea Bay and the zone between the city center and the towns of Gorseinon and Pontarddulais.

It has a temperate climate, and it is exposed to rain-bearing winds from the Atlantic. It is the wettest city in Britain. The city has a rich culture. There are many theatres in the city, like the Grand Theatre. Also, you can visit the Taliesin building or the Brangwyn Hall that host many events and festivals like the Festival of Music and the arts. The city hosted in 2006 and other years before the National Eisteddfod. You can always enjoy the Welsh language, since there are many chapels and churches in the area where the Welsh language is spoken.

Swansea has 3 clubs, where players play in Welsh Football League and other clubs of rugby. The city has rugby and cricket grounds, and football pitches. The economy of the city developed as a centre for the metals, but now, the service sector is more developed. There are also many universities and schools like Metropolitan University, Gorseinon College, Bishop Gore School, Olchfa School and institutes that are specialized in specific fields of the life.


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