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San Francisco, is the cultural, commercial, and financial center of Northern California. It is the fourth-most populous city in California, and the 13th-most populous in the United States. In a 2016 census, the estimated population was 870,887. The metropolitan area had a population of more than 4.6 million.

Sabadell is the second largest city in the comarca of the Vallès Occidental in Catalonia, 20 km (12 mi) north of Barcelona, Spain. It had a total population of 207,444 in 2014.

During the 19th and 20th century it was the pioneer in the industrial revolution of the textile sector in Catalonia, converting itself in the most important wool city of the Spanish state and gaining the nickname “the Catalan Manchester”.

Sabadell is an important communications point. Two motorways run beside the city and some roads link it with nearby cities and towns.


Salerno is a city and commune in Campania (southwestern Italy) and is the capital of the province of Salerno. It is located on the Gulf of Salerno on the Tyrrhenian Sea. It has a population of 133,199 (2014).

The city is divided into three distinct zones: the medieval sector, the 19th century sector and the more densely populated post-war area, with its several apartment blocks.

Santa Clara is a city in Santa Clara County, California. The city's population was 116,468 according to the 2010 Census. It is located 45 miles (72 km) southeast of San Francisco.

Santa Clara is located in the center of Silicon Valley and is home to the headquarters of several high-tech companies such as Intel. It is also home to Santa Clara University.

Santa Clara owns and operates an electric utility called Silicon Valley Power.


The port city of Santander is the capital of the autonomous community and historical region of Cantabria situated on the north coast of Spain. The city has a population of 178,465 (2013).

As a service centre at the regional level, Santander contains important public institutions and private organisations with a large number of employees, including Marqués de Valdecilla University Hospital, the University of Cantabria and Grupo Santander.

Seattle is a seaport city on the west coast of the United States. The city is situated on an isthmus between Puget Sound (an inlet of the Pacific Ocean) and Lake Washington, about 100 miles (160 km) south of the Canada–United States border.

With an estimated 713,700 residents as of 2017, Seattle is the largest city in both the state of Washington and the Pacific Northwest region of North America. The larger metropolitan area around Seattle had a population of 3,733,580 in 2010.

Seoul, the capital city of South Korea, is the world’s second largest metropolitan area by population. As a rising global city, it is home to more than half of South Koreans and 632,000 international residents. Seoul boasts five UNESCO World Heritage Sites as well as numerous shopping centers and cultural attractions which draw a lot of international tourists.

Shangha is located in the Yangtze River Delta, it sits on the south edge of the estuary of the Yangtze in the middle portion of the East China coast. It is one of the four direct-controlled municipalities of China and the most populous city in the world, with a population of more than 24 million as of 2017. 

Shenzhen is a major coastal city in Guangdong Province, China. It forms part of the Pearl River Delta megalopolis. The city is located immediately north of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and holds sub-provincial administrative status, with powers slightly less than a province.

Singapore is a sovereign city-state and island country in Southeast Asia. Singapore's territory consists of one main island along with 62 other islets. Since independence, extensive land reclamation has increased its total size by 23% (130 square kilometres or 50 square miles). The population of Singapore is diverse, the result of considerable past immigration. Chinese predominate, making up some three-fourths of the total. Malays are the next largest ethnic group, and Indians the third.

Songdo International Business District (Songdo IBD) is a new smart city or "ubiquitous city" built from scratch on 600 hectares (1,500 acres) of reclaimed land along Incheon's waterfront, 65 kilometres (40 mi) southwest of Seoul, South Korea and connected to Incheon International Airport by a 12.3-kilometre (7.6 mi) reinforced concrete highway bridge, called Incheon Bridge. Along with Yeongjong and Cheongna, it is part of the Incheon Free Economic Zone.

Stavanger is a city and municipality in Norway. It is the third largest city (population 132,729 in 2017) and metropolitan area[3] in Norway (through conurbation with neighbouring Sandnes) and the administrative centre of Rogaland County.

Stavanger is a University City and home to a number of institutions of higher education and research.

Stellenbosch is a town in the Western Cape province of South Africa, situated about 50 kilometres (31 miles) east of Cape Town, along the banks of the Eerste River at the foot of the Stellenbosch Mountain. It has a population of 155,733.

Stellenbosch has its own municipality (incorporating the neighbouring towns of Pniel and Franschhoek), adjoining the metropolitan area of the City of Cape Town.

Stellenbosch is known for it's restored Cape Dutch architecture dating from the 18th and 19th centuries and for its streets lined with majestic oaks.

Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and the most populous city in the Nordic countries 949,761 people live in the municipality, approximately 1.5 million in the urban area, and 2.3 million in the metropolitan area.

Stockholm is the cultural, media, political, and economic centre of Sweden. The Stockholm region alone accounts for over a third of the country's GDP.

Suceava is the largest city and the seat of Suceava County, in the historical region of Bukovina, situated in north-eastern Romania. It is a significant economic urban centre of the Romanian Nord-Est development region. The city has an estimated population of 116,404 people (2016) and a larger metropolitan population of 176,016.

Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia and Oceania. It is located on Australia's east coast. By June 2016 Sydney's estimated population was 5,029,768.

University of Sydney is Australia's first university and is regarded as one of the world's leading universities. More than 50,000 international students study at the city's universities and a further 50,000 study at its vocational and English language schools.