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Dinas a Sir Abertawe
A view of the Swansea coastline, near the city centre.
City and County of Swansea
and (inset) within Wales Coordinates: 51°37′00″N 3°57′00″W / 51.616666666667°N 3.95°W / 51.616666666667; -3.95 Sovereign state United Kingdom Constituent country Wales Ceremonial county West Glamorgan Historic county Glamorganshire Admin HQ Swansea Guildhall Town charter 1158–1184 City status 1969 • Type Principal area, City • Leader of Swansea Council David Phillips • Welsh Assembly and UK Parliament Constituencies Swansea East, Swansea West, Gower • European Parliament Wales • MPs Martin Caton (Lab), Sian James (Lab), Geraint Davies (Lab) • AMs Edwina Hart (Lab), Mike Hedges (Lab), Julie James (Lab) • Principal area & City 146 sq mi (378 km 2) • Principal area & City 270,506 • Density 1,560/sq mi (601/km 2) • Urban 169,880 • Ethnicity 97.8% White 1.2% S. Asian 0.3% Afro-Caribbean 0.3% Chinese Time zone UTC0 ( GMT) • Summer ( DST) UTC+1 ( BST) Post codes Area code(s) 01792 ISO 3166-2 GB-SWA ONS code 00NX (ONS) W06000011 (GSS) OS grid reference SS6593 NUTS 3 UKL18 Police Force South Wales Police Fire Service Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service Ambulance Service Welsh Ambulance Service Vehicle area codes CP, CR, CS, CT, CU, CV Website http://www.swansea.gov.uk/
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 and the largest in Cardiff. It is in the country's south coast. It has a temperate oceanic climate, with the most rain of any city in the United Kingdom. The city has a population of around 240,000.
Swansea was built in the early 12th century by the
Normans. A castle was built here and a town started to form around it.