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Scotland facts & history in brief

Excerpted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Glasgow (or Glaschu in Gaelic) is Scotland's largest city and unitary council, situated on the River Clyde in the country's west central lowlands.
People from Glasgow are called Glaswegians.
Glaswegian is also the name of the local dialect, commonly known as the Glasgow Patter.

The city was formerly a royal burgh, and the "Second City of the British Empire" in the Victorian era, it established itself as a major Atlantic trading port.
The Clyde was the World's pre-eminent shipbuilding centre, building many revolutionary and famous vessels such as the Cunard liners Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth and the QE2, and the Royal Yacht Britannia.

The city grew in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to a population of over one million people, peaking at 1,088,000 people in 1931, however with population decline mainly due to the large scale relocation of people to new towns like East Kilbride and Cumbernauld on the outskirts of the city, and successive boundary changes, the current population of Glasgow is 629,501, based on the 2001 census.
Approximately 1.1 million people live in the Greater Glasgow conurbation, a 15 mile (24 km) radius from the city centre, known as the city of Glasgow and the Greater Metropolitan area.
The surrounding region of Strathclyde (from the Gaelic for "valley of the River Clyde") has a population of over 2.6 million, over half of the whole Scottish population.

Known as the commercial capital of Scotland, the City of Glasgow is a bustling, cosmopolitan city.
Glasgow is the third most popular foreign tourist destination in the UK, after Edinburgh, the Scottish capital, which ranks second, and London the UK capital.
The city also boasts the UK's largest and most economically important commerce and retail centre outside of London.

Population: 629,501
Council area: City of Glasgow
Postal district: G
Dialling code: 0141

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For a more information about Glasgow see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This page was retrieved and condensed from (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glasgow) December 2005
All text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License (see Copyrights for details).

About Wikipedia

This information was correct in December 2005. E. & O.E.

I first visited Glasgow and Scotland during 1978, while travelling around the British Isles (U.K.) with my daughter Sarolta.

One of the reasons for us visiting the place was that living in New Zealand especially during the 50s, 60s and 70s not a day passed without hearing about Scotland, England, Britain or some place or something connected with it.

We also had practically daily contact in New Zealand with people emigrated from Glasgow.

Another important reason was that we like to travel and of course there's plenty to see in 'ye old Glasgow'.

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