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Cambridge is a city and historic university town and administrative centre of the county of Cambridgeshire, England. The city is located on the River Cam, from which it derives its name, and is around 50 miles to the north of London. The University of Cambridge was founded in 1209 and is consistently ranked as one of the top 5 universities in the world.
Modern day Cambridge has a diverse economy with strength in sectors such as research and development, software consultancy, high value engineering, creative industries, pharmaceuticals and tourism. The city lies at the heart of the high-technology centre known as Silicon Fen with its strength lying in industries such as software and bioscience with many companies having spun out of the university. The city is also home to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus which is one of the world's largest biomedical research clusters.
Cambridge is home to the internationally regarded Kettle's Yard gallery and the artist run Aid and Abet project Space. A short distance to the west of Cambridge is Wysing Arts Centre, one of the leading research centres for the visual arts in Europe.
Cambridge is twinned with two cities; Heidelberg in Germany since 1965, and Szeged in Hungary since 1987.
The university city of Bangor in north west Wales can trace its history back to the founding of a monastery on the site of Bangor Cathedral by the Celtic saint Deiniol in the 6th century. The current cathedral is a more recent structure but the bishopric of Bangor is one of the oldest in Britain. The city's university was founded in 1884 and the Friars School, established as a free grammar school, was founded in 1557. In 1877, the former HMS Clio became a school ship, moored on the Menai Strait at Bangor, and had 260 pupils. Closed after the end of hostilities of World War I, she was sold for scrap and broken up in 1919.
The population of Bangor is around 14,000 and is therefore one of the smallest cities in the United Kingdom. However, because it is a university city it has more facilities than one would expect for a small city.
Around half of the people in the city can speak Welsh, but if you took away all of the students in the University, this figure would be much higher.