There is a reason Aberdeen is called a Silver City with Golden Sands. The city’s buildings are all made of grey granite. The granite quarried in the local mines in and around Aberdeen is rich in mica content which lends the buildings and structures a silver sheen. The beaches around Aberdeen are long stretches of buttery golden sand making this Scottish city one of the most beautiful in Europe. It is also called the Oil Capital of Europe. The oil industry and the port of Aberdeen have made the city a major commercial center in the UK. In 2012, Aberdeen was called a leading business hub by the HSBC. It is also one of eight 'super cities' in the UK. The settlement in Aberdeen is over 8,000 years old. The city's universities - the University of Aberdeen (founded in 1495), and The Robert Gordon University (1992) - makes Aberdeen the educational hub of the north-east. The Aberdeen International Youth Festival is one of the greatest attractions of the city. Aberdeen is home to some of the most majestic castles such as Glenbuchat Castle, and Balvenie Castle, some excellent art galleries, and museums. In a survey by PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers), which grades cities on their economic success and quality of life, Aberdeen has been called the happiest city in Scotland.
United Kingdom, Britain or Great Britain, England, the British Isles – these are terms which have quite often been used as synonyms, causing much displeasure to the culturally rich and distinct Welsh and Scottish people.
United Kingdom is a union of what were four distinct countries – England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland (the rest of Ireland is a separate sovereign country). The British Isles is a term used to describe all of the UK and the Republic of Ireland as well.
Great Britain refers to England, Scotland, and Wales put together; the official name of UK is the ‘United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland’. England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland are all individual countries that make up part of the United Kingdom which is also a country.
The Scottish Government led by First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, now intends to hold a referendum which will decide the matter of Scottish independence from the United Kingdom. This referendum is likely to be held in 2014.
On October 15, 2012, an agreement was signed between the United Kingdom's Prime Minister, David Cameron, and the Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond. This agreement provides a legal framework for the referendum to be held. The principal issues on which the referendum will be centered are economic policy, defense, trade, and cultural relations with the UK, and membership of the European Union.
MapsofWorld brings to you a map that shows how the United Kingdom is likely to look if Scotland decides to vote in favor of secession from the UK in 2014. For this an other UK maps click here.
Scotland offers a wonderful chance for everyone to experience the unique architectural heritage and natural scenic beauty of the place. Scotland Road Map makes you familiar with the Scotland road network. The well studied road map of Scotland shows all the major roads and motorways in the country. Edinburgh , border areas os Scotland , Galasgow, Stirling and Fort Augustus are among the best places to visit in Scotland.
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