Swansea

coastal city in Wales, United Kingdom

Swansea (Welsh: Abertawe), officially the City and County of Swansea (Welsh: Dinas a Sir Abertawe), is a city and county in Wales. It is Wales' second largest city, the largest being Cardiff, and is situated on the country's south coast. It has a temperate oceanic climate, with the most rain of all cities in Great Britain. The city has a population of around 240,000.

Swansea

Dinas a Sir Abertawe
A view of the Swansea coastline, near the city centre.
A view of the Swansea coastline, near the city centre.
Motto(s): 
Floreat Swansea
City and County of Swansea and (inset) within Wales
City and County of Swansea
and (inset) within Wales
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryWales
Ceremonial countyWest Glamorgan
Historic countyGlamorganshire
Admin HQSwansea Guildhall
Town charter1158–1184
City status1969
Government
 • TypePrincipal area, City
 • Leader of
Swansea Council
David Phillips
 • Welsh Assembly and UK Parliament ConstituenciesSwansea East,
Swansea West,
Gower
 • European ParliamentWales
 • MPsMartin Caton (Lab),
Sian James (Lab),
Geraint Davies (Lab)
 • AMsEdwina Hart (Lab),
Mike Hedges (Lab),
Julie James (Lab)
Area
 • Principal area & City146 sq mi (378 km2)
Population
 (2011, urban area figures from 2001)
 • Principal area & City270,506
 • Density1,560/sq mi (601/km2)
 • Urban
169,880
 • Ethnicity
97.8% White
1.2% S. Asian
0.3% Afro-Caribbean
0.3% Chinese
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
Post codes
Area code(s)01792
ISO 3166-2GB-SWA
ONS code00NX (ONS)
W06000011 (GSS)
OS grid referenceSS6593
NUTS 3UKL18
Police ForceSouth Wales Police
Fire ServiceMid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service
Ambulance ServiceWelsh Ambulance Service
Websitehttp://www.swansea.gov.uk/

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