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Aberdeen, Scotland
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    (1179- )
    Port city in Northeastern Scotland
    Population: 196,670 (2014)
    Scotland's third largest city
    Home of the University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon University
    Home to the professional football club Aberdeen F.C.
    Points of interest include Aberdeen Beach, Salvation Army Citadel, Balmoral Castle, St. Machar's Cathedral and Craigievar Castle
    It doesn't get as much attention from tourists as such locations as Edinburgh.
    It averages 6 hours and 41 minutes of sunlight per day in December.
    It was sacked by Royalist forces twice in the Wars of Three Kingdoms (1644 and 1646).
    A quarter of the population died in a bubonic plague epidemic (1647).
    It suffered bankruptcy due to expensive infrastructure projects coupled with an economic downturn after the Napoleonic Wars (1817).
    There is a state of the art golf course opened by Donald Trump located north outside of the city.
    It hosts the largest young performers arts festival in the world, the Aberdeen International Youth Festival.
    It is where the buttery was originated.
    It is nicknamed 'Granite City' for its majestic granite buildings.
    It gained the nickname 'The Oil Capital of Europe' after the North Sea oil field was discovered.
    It won the Royal Horticultural Society's 'Britain in Bloom' award a record 10 times.
    Scotland's oldest newspaper, The Press and Journal, is headquartered here.
    It was ranked at #56 by Mercer as one of the livable cities in the world (2012).

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