With a population of approximately 220,000, the historic city of Aberdeen with many architectural splendours stands between the Rivers Dee and Don. The use of sparkling local granite has earned Aberdeen the name of the Silver City. Recognised as the oil capital of Europe, Aberdeen nevertheless retains its old-fashioned charm and character making it an attractive place in which to live.
Aberdeen enjoys excellent flight connections with other European cities with flying time to London of just over one hour. There are direct air links to London (City, Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton), Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Southampton, Belfast and East Midlands within the U.K. There are also flights to international hub airports: Amsterdam (Schipol), Paris (Charles De-Gaulle) and Frankfurt as well as flights to other European destinations. Road and rail links are also well developed with overnight sleeper services to London.
Grampian Region has a population of approximately 545,000 and is made up of the five districts of Aberdeen, Banff & Buchan, Gordon, Kincardine & Deeside and Moray. The city and the surrounding countryside provide a variety of urban, sea-side and country pursuits. Aberdeen has first class amenities including His Majesty\'s Theatre, Music Hall, Art Gallery, the Aberdeen Exhibition Centre, Museums and Beach Leisure Centre. The city and the surrounding countryside are repeatedly given high ratings for quality of life in surveys.