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Edinburgh (/ˈɛdɪnbərə/ [9][10][11] Scots: [ˈɛdɪnbʌrə]; Scottish Gaelic: Dùn Èideann [ˌt̪un ˈeːtʲən̪ˠ]) is the capital city of Scotland and one of its 32 council areas. The modern city is located between the rivers Almond and Esk on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth, in the historic region of Lothian, bounded on its southern side by the Pentland Hills. Edinburgh is the second-most populous Scottish city and the seventh-most populous city in the United Kingdom.

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Dùn Èideann
City of Edinburgh
"Auld Reekie", "Edina", "Athens of the North"
Nisi Dominus Frustra (Latin)
Without the Lord, all is in vain
Edinburgh is located in the City of Edinburgh council area
Edinburgh is located in Scotland
Location within Scotland
Edinburgh is located in the United Kingdom
Location within the United Kingdom
Edinburgh is located in Europe
Location within Europe
Coordinates: 55°57′12″N 03°11′21″W
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Council areaCity of Edinburgh
Lieutenancy areaEdinburgh
FoundedBefore 7th century AD
Burgh Charter1125
City status1633[citation needed]
  TypeUnitary authority
  Governing bodyCity of Edinburgh Council
  Lord Provost of EdinburghRobert Aldridge
  •   Ash Regan (Alba)
  •   Angus Robertson (SNP)
  •   Daniel Johnson (Lab)
  •   Gordon MacDonald (SNP)
  •   Ben Macpherson (SNP)
  Locality46 sq mi (119 km2)
  Urban49 sq mi (126 km2)
  Council area[3]101.7 sq mi (263.4 km2)
Elevation154 ft (47 m)
 (mid-2020 est.)[5](2021)[6]
  Density11,000/sq mi (4,300/km2)
  Urban density11,000/sq mi (4,200/km2)
  Council area
526,470[disputed ]
  Council area density5,180/sq mi (1,999/km2)
Time zoneUTC±0 (GMT)
  Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
Postcode areas
Area code0131
ISO 3166-2GB-EDH
ONS codeS12000036
OS grid referenceNT275735
Primary AirportEdinburgh Airport
GDP$33 billion[8]
GDP per capita$58,000[8]
Official nameOld and New Towns of Edinburgh
CriteriaCultural: ii, iv
Inscription1995 (19th Session)
Official nameThe Forth Bridge
CriteriaCultural: i, iv
Inscription2015 (39th Session)

Recognised as the capital of Scotland since at least the 15th century, Edinburgh is the seat of the Scottish Government, the Scottish Parliament, and the highest courts in Scotland. The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland. The city has long been a centre of education, particularly in the fields of medicine, Scottish law, literature, philosophy, the sciences and engineering. It is the second-largest financial centre in the United Kingdom, fourth largest in Europe and thirteenth largest internationally[12] and the city's historical and cultural attractions have made it the UK's second-most visited tourist destination, attracting 4.9 million visits, including 2.4 million from overseas in 2018.[13][14] Time Out magazine rated Edinburgh the best city in the world in 2022.[15]

Edinburgh's official population estimates are 506,520 (mid-2020) for the locality,[5] 526,470 (mid-2019)[disputed ] for the City of Edinburgh council area, which takes in some outlying villages in the western part of its territory,[6] and 1,384,950 (2019) for the wider Edinburgh and South East Scotland city region[16] which also includes East Lothian, Fife, Midlothian, the Scottish Borders and West Lothian.[17] The City of Edinburgh Council is the current local authority.

The city is the annual venue of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. It is home to national cultural institutions such as the National Museum of Scotland, the National Library of Scotland and the Scottish National Gallery. The University of Edinburgh, founded in 1582 and now one of three in the city, is considered one of the best research institutions in the world, most recently placing 15th in the QS World University Rankings for 2023.[18] The city is also known for the Edinburgh International Festival and the Fringe, the latter being the world's largest annual international arts festival. Historic sites in Edinburgh include Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the churches of St. Giles, Greyfriars and the Canongate, and the extensive Georgian New Town built in the 18th/19th centuries. Edinburgh's Old Town and New Town together are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site,[19] which has been managed by Edinburgh World Heritage since 1999.

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