Turin is a city and major business and cultural centre in northern Italy, capital of the Piedmont region, located mainly on the left bank of the Po River and surrounded by the Alpine arch. The Turin metropolitan area is estimated by the OECD to have a population of 2.2 million.
Gothenburg is the second largest city in Sweden by population and the fifth-largest in the Nordic countries. Situated on the west coast of Sweden, the city proper has a population of 519,399, with 549,839 in the urban area and total of 937,015 inhabitants in the metropolitan area.
KuwaitCity is the capital of Kuwait. It has a population of 2.38 million in the metropolitan area. Located at the heart of the country on the shore of the Persian Gulf, and containing Kuwait’s parliament, most governmental offices, the headquarters of most Kuwaiti corporations and banks, it is the political, cultural and economic center of the emirate of Kuwait.
Bochum is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, western Germany. It is located in the Ruhr area and is surrounded by the cities of Essen, Gelsenkirchen, Herne, Castrop-Rauxel, Dortmund, Witten and Hattingen. Population 374,737
Oberhausen is a city on the river Emscher in the Ruhr Area, Germany. The city hosts the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and its Gasometer Oberhausen is an anchor point of the European Route of Industrial Heritage. Population 212,945
Krefeld is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Krefeld’s residents speak Hochdeutsch, the standard German taught to all people in Germany. However, the native dialect is a Low German variety, sometimes locally called Krefelder Plattdeutsch, Krieewelsch Platt, Plattdeutsch, or sometimes simply Platt. Population 235,076
Magdeburg is the largest city and the capital city of the Bundesland of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. Magdeburg is situated on the Elbe River and was one of the most important medieval cities of Europe. Magdeburg is the site of two universities, the Otto-von-Guericke University and the Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences. Nowadays Magdeburg is a traffic junction as well as an industrial and trading centre. Population 231,525
Augsburg is a city in the south-west of Bavaria, Germany. It is a university town (German: ‘Universitätsstadt’) and home of the Regierungsbezirk Schwaben and the Bezirk Schwaben. Augsburg is an urban district and home to the institutions of the Landkreis Augsburg. It is, as of 2008, the third-largest city in Bavaria with a population exceeding 264,000 citizens.
Chemnitz is the third-largest city of the Free State of Saxony, Germany. Chemnitz is an independent city which is not part of any county and seat of the government region Direktionsbezirk Chemnitz. Located in the northern foothills of the Ore Mountains, it is a part of the Saxon triangle metropolitan area comprising 3.5 million people. The city’s economy is based on the service sector and manufacturing industry. The Chemnitz University of Technology has around 10,000 students and is the centre of scientific life. Population 243,248
Erfurt is the capital city of Thuringia and the main city nearest to the geographical centre of Germany, located 100 km SW of Leipzig, 150 km N of Nuremberg and 180 km SE of Hannover. Erfurt Airport can be reached by plane via Munich. It lies in the southern part of the Thuringian Basin within the wide valley of Gera River, a tributary of the Unstrut. To the south, the city is surrounded by the Steigerwald forest. In 2010, Erfurt had a population of over 200,000 and is part of the Erfurt-Weimar-Jena metropolitan area with a population of about 500,000.
The City of Karlsruheis a city in the southwest of Germany, in the state (bundesland) of Baden-Württemberg, located near the French-German border. Karlsruhe was founded in 1715 as Karlsruhe Palace, when Germany was a series of principalities and city states. The town surrounding the Palace became the seat of two of the highest courts in Germany, the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany (Bundesverfassungsgericht) whose decisions have the force of a law in many cases, and the Federal Court of Justice of Germany (Bundesgerichtshof), the highest court of appeals in matters of civil law and criminal law. It therefore considers itself the home of justice in Germany. Population 294,761
Aachen has historically been a spa town in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Aachen was a favoured residence of Charlemagne, and the place of coronation of the Kings of Germany. Geographically, Aachen is the westernmost town of Germany, located along its borders with Belgium and the Netherlands, 65 km (40 mi) west of Cologne. RWTH Aachen University, one of Germany’s Universities of Excellence, is located in the city. Aachen’s predominant economic focus is on science, engineering, information technology and related sectors. Population 258,664
Gelsenkirchen is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located in the northern part of the Ruhr area. Its population in 2006 was c. 267,000. Gelsenkirchen was first documented in 1150, but it remained a tiny village until the 19th century, when the Industrial Revolution led to the growth of the entire area. In 1840, when the mining of coal began, 6000 inhabitants lived in Gelsenkirchen; in 1900 the population had increased to 138,000.
The city of Bekasi serves as a commuter city for Jakarta, although it has notable trade, business and processing industries. These are primarily clustered in the area of Karawang. The 2010 population was counted as 2,378,211 catapulting it to Indonesia’s fourth largest city,and 2nd to only Bandung in West Java.
Munster is one of the 4 provinces of Ireland and includes the counties of Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford. The total Population is 1,243,726. Munster is also a city in Germany and is an independent city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located in the northern part of the state and is considered to be the cultural centre of the Westphalia region. It is also capital of the local government region Münsterland. Population 279,803
Leinster is one of the 4 provinces of Ireland and is comprised of the following counties Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath, Wexford, Wicklow. Population 2,501,208
Clwyd is a preserved county of Wales, situated in the north-east, bordering England with Cheshire to its east, Shropshire to the south-east, and the Welsh counties of Gwynedd to its immediate west and Powys to the south. It additionally shares a maritime border with the metropolitan county of Merseyside along the River Dee. Population 491,100
Gwent is a preserved county and a former local government county in south-east Wales. It was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, and was named after the ancient Kingdom of Gwent. In 2003 the preserved county of Gwent expanded to cover the whole of Caerphilly County Borough; the Gwent Police area having already been realigned to these boundaries in 1996. In 2007, the population of this enlarged area was estimated as 560,500, making it the most populous of the preserved counties.
Gwynedd is an area in north-west Wales, named after the old Kingdom of Gwynedd. As a local government area it is the second biggest in terms of geographical area and also one of the most sparsely populated. A large proportion of the population is Welsh-speaking. The name Gwynedd is also used for a preserved county, covering the two local government areas of Gwynedd and the Isle of Anglesey. Culturally and historically, the name can also be used for most of North Wales. Population 119,000
Powys is the largest county in Wales and includes the regions of Brecknockshire, Radnorshire, Montgomeryshire. Powys is one of the largest local authorities in Britain. It makes up the bulk of Mid Wales and includes the Brecon Beacons which are a major tourist destination. Population 131,300
Saint Helens is a large town in Merseyside, England. It is the largest settlement and administrative centre of the Metropolitan Borough of St Helens with a population of just over 100,000, part of an urban area with a total population of 176,843 at the time of the 2001 Census.
Basildon is a town located in the Basildon District of the county of Essex, England. It lies 25 miles (40 km) east of Central London and 11 miles (18 km) south of the county town of Chelmsford. Nearby towns include Billericay to the north, Wickford northeast and South Benfleet to the east. Population 175,200
Rostock is the largest city in the north German state Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Rostock is located on the Warnow river; the quarter of Warnemünde 12 km north of the city centre lies directly on the coast of the Baltic Sea. Population 202,735
Katowice is a city in Silesia in southern Poland, on the Klodnica and Rawa rivers. Metropolitan population 4,676,983. It is the central district of the Upper Silesian Metropolis, with a population of 2 million. Katowice is the center of science, culture, industry, business and transportation in southern Poland.
Kaunas is the second-largest city in Lithuania and has historically been a leading centre of Lithuanian economic, academic, and cultural life. Metropolitan population 673,706
Poznan is a city on the Warta river in west-central Poland, with a Metropolitan population of 943,700. It is among the oldest cities in Poland, and was one of the most important centres in the early Polish state
Ostrava is the third largest city in the Czech Republic and the second largest urban agglomeration after Prague. Metropolitan population 1,164,328
Jilin is a province of the People’s Republic of China located in the northeastern part of the country. Jilin borders North Korea and Russia to the east, Heilongjiang to the north, Liaoning to the south, and Inner Mongolia to the west. Population 27,462,297
Nanchang is the capital of Jiangxi Province in southeastern China. It is located in the north-central portion of the province. As it is bounded on the west by the Jiuling Mountains, and on the east by Poyang Lake, it is famous for its scenery, rich history and cultural sites. Population 5,042,565
Tangshan is a largely industrial prefecture-level city in Hebei province, People’s Republic of China. It has become known for the 1976 Tangshan earthquake which measured 7.8 on the Richter scale and killed at least 255,000 residents. The city has since been rebuilt and has become a tourist attraction. Population 7,577,284
Xinyang is a prefecture-level city in southeastern Henan province, People’s Republic of China, the southernmost such administrative division in the province. Population 6,108,683
Zhengzhou is the capital and largest city of Henan province in north-central China. A prefecture-level city, it also serves as the political, economic, technological, and educational centre of the province, as well as a major transportation hub for Central China. The city centre lies on the southern bank of the Yellow River, and is one of the Eight Great Ancient Capitals of China. Population 8,626,505
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Al Ain, also known as the “Garden City” due to its greenery, is the second largest city in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the fourth largest city in the United Arab Emirates. With a population of 374,000 (2009 census), it is located approximately 160 km east of the capital Abu Dhabi and about 120 km south of Dubai. Al Ain is often called the ‘Garden City of The Gulf’ given the many oases, parks, tree-lined avenues and decorative roundabouts within the city. Strict height controls on new buildings, to no more than four floors, emphasise the greenery of the city.Garden City is AlAin’s descriptive name. Also there are many towns with that name in Anglosphere, including the US and UK. Search for “Garden City” generates about 50million Google results.
Tehran is the capital of Iran and Tehran Province. It is also Iran’s largest urban area and city, the largest city in Western Asia, one of the largest in Southern Asia, and the 19th largest city in the world. In the 20th century, Tehran was subject to mass-migration of people from all around Iran. The city is home to many historic mosques, churches, synagogues and Zoroastrian fire temples. Contemporary Tehran is a modern city featuring many structures, of which the Azadi Tower and the Milad Tower have come to be symbols of Tehran itself. In 2008 Tehran was the least expensive capital in the world and the second-least expensive city in the world based on the cost-of-living index presenting the best value for money in the world.
Esfahan is the capital of Isfahan Province in Iran, located about 340 km south of Tehran. It has a population of 1,583,609 and is Iran’s third largest city after Tehran and Mashhad. Esfahan metropolitan area had a population of 3,430,353 in the 2006 Census, the second most populous metropolitan area in Iran after Tehran. Esfahan is located on the main north-south and east-west routes crossing Iran, and was once one of the largest cities in the world. Today it is the third largest city in Iran, it produces fine carpets, textiles, steel, and handicrafts. Esfahan has one of the largest steel-producing facilities in the entire region, as well as facilities for producing special alloys.
Mashhad is the only major Iranian city with an Arabic name. Mashhad attracts more than 20 million tourists and pilgrims every year. Mashhad has been a center for the arts and for the sciences. The Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, named after the great Iranian poet, is located here. Mashhad is home to one of the oldest libraries of the Middle-East called the Central Library of Astan-e Quds Razavi with a history of over six centuries. The Astan-e Quds Razavi Museum, which is part of the Astan-e Quds Razavi Complex, is home to over 70,000 rare manuscripts from various historical eras. There are some six million historical documents in the foundation’s central library.
Shiraz is the sixth most populous city in Iran and is the capital of Fars Province. The city’s 2009 population was about 1,455,000. Shiraz has a moderate climate and has been a regional trade center for more than one thousand years. The earliest reference to the city, as Tirazish, is on Elamite clay tablets dated to 2000 BC. Shiraz boasts industries such as cement production, sugar,fertilizers, textile products, wood products, metalwork and rugs manufacture. Shiraz also has a major oil refinery and is also a major center for Iran’s electronic industries: 53% of Iran’s electronic investment has been centered in Shiraz. Shiraz is home to Iran’s first solar power plant.
The economical base for Karaj is its proximity to Tehran, where transportation of products between the capital and the Caspian Sea is central. It is connected by freeway and railway to Tehran 40 km east and Qazvin 100 km northwest, and by commuter rail to Tehran subway system. Amir Kabir dam and small lakes are based here. Karaj’s climate is a bit cooler than Tehran and it receives 260 mm of rain annually. The downtown of Karaj is usually referred to Karaj Square, located hundred of meters to the West of Karaj River and the old Karaj Bridge.
The city of Ghom is considered holy by Shia Islam followers, as it is the site of the shrine of Fatema Masume, sister of Imam Ali ibn Musa Reza. The city is the largest center for Shia scholarship in the world, and is a significant destination of pilgrimage.
Ahvaz, the largest city and capital of the province of Khuzestan,consists of two distinctive districts: the newer part of Ahvaz, the administrative and industrial center, has been built on the right bank of the Karun while residential areas are found in the old section of the city, on the left bank. Oil was found near Ahvaz in the early 20th century, and the city once again grew and prospered as a result of this newfound wealth.
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