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Scottish Gaelic Glaschu
Scots : Glesga
Science Center;  Wellington Memorial;  Glasgow City Chambers;  Royal Exchange Square;  Glasgow skyline;  Finnieston Crane;  University of Glasgow
Science Center; Wellington Memorial; Glasgow City Chambers; Royal Exchange Square; Glasgow skyline; Finnieston Crane; University of Glasgow
Coordinates 55 ° 51 ′  N , 4 ° 16 ′  W Coordinates: 55 ° 51 ′  N , 4 ° 16 ′  W
OS National Grid NS590655
Glasgow (Scotland)
Residents 626,410 (2018 estimate)
surface 175 km² (67.57  mi²
Population density: 3579 inhabitants per km²
Metropolitan area 2,850,000
languages English
Post town GLASGOW
ZIP code section G1-G80
prefix 0141
Part of the country Scotland
Lieutenancy Area Glasgow
Council area Glasgow
British Parliament Glasgow Central
Glasgow East
Glasgow North
Glasgow North East
Glasgow North West
Glasgow South
Glasgow South West
Scottish Parliament Glasgow Anniesland
Glasgow Cathcart
Glasgow Kelvin
Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn
Glasgow Pollok
Glasgow Provan
Glasgow Shettleston
Glasgow Southside
Coat of arms of Glasgow

Glasgow [ ˈɡlazgəʊ or ˈglɑːzgəʊ ] ( Scots : Glesga , Scottish Gaelic : Glaschu , officially City of Glasgow ) is the largest city in Scotland with over 625,000 inhabitants, ahead of Edinburgh and the third largest city in the United Kingdom after London and Birmingham . The city forms one of the 32 Council Areas in Scotland and is located on the River Clyde . In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Glasgow had a population of over one million. In 2017, the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Area had 1,169,110 residents.

In contrast to the Scottish capital Edinburgh, Glasgow is considered a “working class city”. Glasgow has a 12th century cathedral and four universities ( University of Glasgow , University of Strathclyde , Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of the West of Scotland ), as well as the Glasgow School of Art and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama ).

In a ranking of cities according to their quality of life, Glasgow ranked 50th out of 231 cities worldwide in 2018.



Climate diagram
J F. M. A. M. J J A. S. O N D.
Temperature in ° Cprecipitation in mm
Average monthly temperatures and rainfall for Glasgow
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max. Temperature ( ° C ) 6.0 6.6 8.8 11.7 15.1 17.5 19.2 18.5 15.8 12.1 8.7 6.1 O 12.2
Min. Temperature (° C) 1.0 1.1 2.3 4.0 6.5 9.4 11.1 11.0 8.8 6.0 3.3 1.0 O 5.5
Precipitation ( mm ) 112.8 88.5 96.9 62.9 61.4 65.1 83.5 101.1 112.7 129.4 105.5 104.4 Σ 1,124.2
Rainy days ( d ) 17.0 13.5 15.7 12.5 12.0 11.7 12.7 14.1 13.8 16.6 15.9 14.7 Σ 170.2
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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History and foundation of the city

George Square and City Chambers
Templeton's Carpet Factory

For thousands of years people have settled on the site of what is now Glasgow, with the Clyde providing ideal conditions for fishing. Around 80 AD, the Romans settled the place, which was then called Cathures . Later, around AD 140, the Romans built the Antonine Wall , the remains of which can still be seen in Glasgow today, to separate Roman Britain from Celtic and Pictish Caledonia . Glasgow itself was founded by the Christian missionary Saint Mungo (also known as Saint Kentigern ) in the 6th century. He built a church on the site of the present cathedral and in the years that followed Glasgow became a religious center. The miracles attributed to Saint Mungo can still be found in the city's coat of arms.

middle Ages

The history of Glasgow is vague until it grew into a city in the 12th century and construction of St Mungo's Cathedral began. In 1451, the University of Glasgow was founded by papal decree . By the early 16th century, Glasgow had become a major religious and academic center.

Trade and industrial revolution

It was also around this time that the town's traders and skilled workers had gained considerable influence, which began to diminish the power of the church. The shipping traffic on the Clyde made Glasgow a bustling commercial center and gateway to Edinburgh and the rest of Scotland.

Glasgow's position at the center of the British Empire also made it the central hub for trade with the British colonies. Easy access to the Atlantic Ocean made it easier to import American tobacco , which was then sold across Europe. Trade with the Caribbean allowed the import of sugar. Since the 1770s, the desludging of the Clyde made it possible to continue up the river in larger ships, which laid the foundation for industrial and shipyard construction during the 19th century.

The abundance of coal and iron from Lanarkshire made Glasgow an industrial city dubbed the "Second City of the Empire". The cotton industry and textile production also flourished. Workers from Scotland, Ireland and the rest of Europe were drawn to the up-and-coming city. They often had to settle in overcrowded neighborhoods with poor housing like the Gorbals . Even after the Second World War, Glasgow had the highest population density of any major British city: there were 36.2 people per acre ; in Liverpool 31.5; 28.1 in Manchester and 13.5 in Edinburgh. The industrial revolution made Glasgow one of the richest cities in the world at the time. Wealthy traders financed spectacular buildings, parks, museums and libraries. Factories were built to be truly splendid, for example a carpet factory (Templeton's carpet factory), which was designed as a copy of the Doge's Palace in Venice. Large international industrial exhibitions were held here, for example in Kelvingrove Park in 1888 and the Empire Exhibition in Bellahouston Park in 1938 .

Glasgow also became an important center culturally. Numerous galleries opened up and extraordinary buildings arose, such as the Glasgow School of Art, built by Charles Rennie Mackintosh , or the (now reconstructed) Willow Tearooms by the same architect.

post war period

On January 31, 1919, tanks were used against strikers for the 40-hour week in the so-called 'Battle of George Square'. After the First World War, Glasgow suffered from the global economic decline . Although ships and trains continued to be manufactured in Glasgow, cheaper labor outside the city became a competition. The situation of the working class in the city worsened and an awareness of their own situation developed. The working class became increasingly politicized. The Glasgow workers sent a whole brigade to support the Spanish Republic in the Spanish Civil War of 1936–1939. The city's economy has been on a steep decline since the 1960s.

In the 1970s and 1980s, steel mills, coal mines, engine plants and other heavy industries closed in and around Glasgow, resulting in mass unemployment and the city's decline. Despite new ships such as the Queen Elizabeth 2 , one shipyard after another was closed. At the turn of the millennium there were only two shipyards, both of which were financed exclusively from government armaments contracts. Since the mid-1980s, however, there has been an arduous upswing due to structural change towards the service industry - a financial district was created. The former factory premises in the suburbs were used by the entertainment industry.

Since 1990

Scottish Exhibition and Conference Center Footbridge

During the 1990s, Glasgow continually recovered from its decline. The city has invested large sums of money in the renovation and restoration of a large number of buildings over the past 15 to 20 years. As a result of this effort, the quality of life in the city has increased noticeably. In 1990 (instead of London or Edinburgh), Glasgow surprisingly became the 6th European Capital of Culture and was awarded the title UK City of Architecture and Design in 1999. In 2003, Glasgow became the European Sports Capital . With the structural change, Glasgow also got a modern culture and convention center, where numerous different events take place, including such as the science fiction world cons “Intersection” in 1995 and “Interaction” in 2005 with around 4000 participants. Tourism, sporting events and large conferences shape the image of modern Glasgow.

Particularly noteworthy is the variety of museums in Glasgow, almost all of which can be visited for free. One exception is the Glasgow Science Center , which requires entry. Major museums in Glasgow include the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum , the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery (at the University of Glasgow), the Center for Contemporary Art (CCA), and the Burrell Collection . The latter goes back to the private collection of William Burrell, who bequeathed it to the city.

Glasgow Science Center
Glasgow Tower

With the Glasgow Science Center, the Glasgow Tower by Richard Horden and the Clyde Auditorium by Norman Foster , the city also has a lot to offer in terms of modern architecture .

Nevertheless, according to a study by the ONS in 2012, 30.2% of all homes were occupied by unemployed families. Many of the city's residents have no part in the upswing. In neighborhoods like Calton, due to the decline of the Scottish steel industry and the consequent phenomena such as mass unemployment, poverty, social misery and widespread alcoholism , the statistical life expectancy is 53 years. This high mortality, also in comparison with other de-industrialized British cities, is also referred to in medicine as the Glasgow effect . On the one hand, the reason given is generally higher mortality in Scotland compared to England and Wales. In Glasgow and the surrounding region in particular, elevated values ​​of long and serious illnesses, such as cancer, alcoholism and mental illness, especially in men, were found. A medical report gives the reasons: the fact that Glasgow has a particularly high population density from the outset compared with other British cities, the strategy of locating trained workers in new settlements on the outskirts of the city, which has been pursued by the London Office for Scotland since the 1950s The unskilled workforce remained, the construction of many high-rise buildings, which was unusual in British comparison, and the policy of the Glasgow city authorities since the 1980s, which focused more on the formation of property and the demolition of apartment buildings than on improving their quality.

Juvenile delinquency is widespread. Districts in the periphery such as Drumchapel, Castlemilk and Easterhouse are particularly affected. For most young people, however, participating in a youth gang is a rite of passage and they quit after a while; staying or growing into organized crime is less common than in other cities. Glasgow has long been the UK's highest homicide area. In 2007 there were 4.5 murders per 100,000 inhabitants. In 2012 the rate fell to 2.7 murders, but was still well ahead of London with 1.67 murders and the national average of 1.0 murders.

A report on the possible consequences of Brexit for Glasgow calls for the governments of Scotland and Great Britain to provide targeted support to the region, in particular a full replacement of grants from the EU.

City structure

Often dividing Glasgow in five districts ( English Areas or Disctricts a) but which do not correspond to administrative breakdown:

  • City Center
  • North Glasgow
  • East end
  • South side
  • West end

The administrative structure includes the following districts ( English neighborhoods ):

  • Anniesland, Jordanhill and Whiteinch
  • Arden and Carnwadric
  • Baillieston and Garrowhill
  • Balornock and Barmulloch
  • Bellahouston, Craigton and Mosspark
  • Blackhill and Hogganfield
  • Blairdardie
  • Broomhill and Partick West
  • Calton and Bridgeton
  • Carmunnock
  • Castlemilk
  • Cathcart and Simshill
  • City Center and Merchant City
  • Corkerhill and North Pollok
  • Crookston and South Cardonald
  • Croftfoot
  • Dennistoun
  • Drumchapel
  • Easterhouse
  • Govanhill
  • Greater Gorbals
  • Greater Govan
  • Haghill and Carntyne
  • Hillhead and Woodlands
  • Hyndland, Dowanhill and Partick East
  • Ibrox and Kingston
  • Kelvinside and Kelvindale
  • Kingspark and Mount Florida
  • Knightswood
  • Lambhill and Milton
  • Langside and Battlefield
  • Maryhill Road Corridor
  • Mount Vernon and East Shettleston
  • Newlands and Cathcart
  • North Cardonald and Penilee
  • North Maryhill and Summerston
  • Parkhead and Dalmarnock
  • Pollok
  • Pollokshaws and Mansewood
  • Pollokshields East
  • Pollokshields West
  • Priesthill and Househillwood
  • Riddrie and Cranhill
  • Robroyston and Millerston
  • Ruchazia and Garthamlock
  • Ruchill and Possilpark
  • Shawlands and Strathbungo
  • Sighthill, Royston and Germiston
  • South Nitshill and Darnley
  • Springboig and Barlanark
  • Springburn
  • Temple and Anniesland
  • Tollcross and West Shettleston
  • Torygles
  • Yoker and Scotstoun
  • Yorkhill and Anderston



For elections to the city parliament, the Glasgow City Council , Glasgow is divided into 21 constituencies (" wards ").

Glasgow City Council since the 2017 regional election
Political party Seats ±
SNP 39 +12
Labor 31 −13
Conservative 8th +7
Green 7th +2
Glasgow City Council since the 2017 regional election
A total of 85 seats

The Liberal Democrats , however, lost their five seats in the City Council .

In the election to the Scottish Parliament on May 3, 2016, the Labor Party in Glasgow won 4 (+1) seats, the SNP 9 (−2) seats and Conservatives 2 (+1) and Greens, as before, one seat (the difference in brackets for the 2011 election).

For elections to the British House of Commons , Glasgow is divided into seven constituencies . In the 2017 general election , the SNP won six constituencies and the Labor Party won one.

Administrative history

status City (since 1880)
Council Area (since 1996)
Traditional county Lanarkshire
ISO 3166-2 GB-GLG
ONS code 00QS

Historically part of the county of Lanarkshire , Glasgow has been one of the four counties of cities in Scotland since 1893, alongside Edinburgh , Aberdeen and Dundee . In 1975 Glasgow became a district of the Strathclyde region . At the same time, the places Rutherglen, Cambuslang , Baillieston, Garrowhill, Mount Vernon and Carmyle were incorporated into Glasgow from Lanarkshire . In 1996, Glasgow became the City of Glasgow Council Area as part of the introduction of a one-tier administrative structure . At the same time, some incorporations from 1975 were reversed. Rutherglen and Cambuslang were spun off again and have since been part of the South Lanarkshire Council Area .

Glasgow is also one of the Lieutenancy Areas of Scotland.


Glasgow Cathedral
  • The church building of Glasgow Cathedral is owned by the Crown and maintained by Historic Scotland . The service is held by the congregation of the Church of Scotland. It stands in the Reformed tradition of the universal church, which began with Christ and the apostles, and is led in a Presbyterian manner.
  • The St. Andrew's Cathedral is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archbishop and the Archdiocese of Glasgow .
  • In 1935 the Catholic St Anne's Church was built.


The city's two main train stations are Glasgow Central and Queen Street . Glasgow has the fourth oldest subway in the world. On December 14, 1896, the Glasgow Underground Railway , now the Glasgow Subway , opened its doors.

Local transport is organized by the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) .

air traffic

Glasgow is connected to the air traffic via the two airports Glasgow International and Glasgow Prestwick . While the former is served by numerous airlines from different countries, the latter is almost exclusively served by the airline Ryanair, which, however, also maintains an impressive route network from there.

Cessna 208 seaplane (G-MDJE) from Loch Lomond Seaplanes on the jetty of the Glasgow Seaplane Terminal

The Glasgow Seaplane Terminal is 2.5 kilometers west of the city center on the south bank of the River Clyde . The water landing site is on Princes Dock next to the Glasgow Science Center . About 2.5 kilometers west of the Glasgow Seaplane Terminal, also on the south bank of the River Clyde, is the Glasgow City Heliport , a heliport .


The sporting scene in Glasgow is dominated by the two football clubs Celtic and Rangers and their traditional rivalry called Old Firm . The main football stadiums in the city are

A large sports complex was built for the 2014 Commonwealth Games , which was completed in 2012:

The 2015 World Gymnastics Championships and the 2018 European Gymnastics Championships took place in the SSE Hydro Arena .

Town twinning

Sister cities of Glasgow are:


See also


  • Tobias Gerstung: Launched for a new age. The industrial metropolis of Glasgow in revolutionary change after the boom (1960-2000). Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2016, ISBN 978-3-525-30086-2 .
  • Andrew Gibb: Glasgow. The Making of a City. Routledge, London 1983.
  • Irene Maver: Glasgow. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh 2000.
  • Thomas Christopher Smout: A history of the Scottish people. 1560-1830. 9th imprint. Fontana Press, London 1990, ISBN 0-00-686027-3 .

Web links

Commons : Glasgow  - collection of images, videos and audio files
Wikivoyage: Glasgow  travel guide

Individual evidence

  1. a b c Mid 2018 Estimates of the population for the UK, England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
  2. Oxford Dictionaries Online
  3. Mercer's 2018 Quality of Living Rankings. Retrieved August 18, 2018 .
  4. ^ World Weather Information Service. Retrieved July 16, 2019 .
  5. ^ Lynn Abrams: Glasgow goes to Marseilles. In: Housing and Wellbeing in Glasgow , Blog, University of Glasgow , March 2, 2015
  6. ^ The battle of George Square (Bloody Friday) 1919
  7. ^ Regeneration - into the new Millennium ( Memento from May 26, 2009 in the Internet Archive )
  8. ^ Science Center
  9. ^ Holly Lennon: Glasgow and Edinburgh compared: politics | economy | culture | In: The Scotsman , October 13, 2015
  10. In Glasgow death comes as early as 53. In: Die Welt , September 9, 2009
  11. Karin Goodwin: The Glasgow effect: 'We die young here - but you just get on with it'. In: The Guardian , June 10, 2016
  12. ^ Linsay Gray: Comparisons of Health-Related Behaviors and Health Measures between Glasgow and the Rest of Scotland. Glasgow Center of Population Health, June 2007 (PDF)
  13. Karin Goodwin: Revealed: 'Glasgow effect' mortality rate blamed on Westminster social engineering. In: Herald Scotland , May 15, 2016
  14. David Walsh, Gerry McCartney, Chik Collins, Martin Taulbut, G David Batty: History, politics and vulnerability: explaining excess mortality. Glasgow Center of Population Health, May 2016; Summary of the report (PDF); Recommendations to politics (PDF)
  15. Mikael Krogerus: Razor Sharp . In: Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Folio, “Die Schotten” issue, July 2006
  16. ^ Judith Duffy: No more mean city ... the truth about Glasgow's street gangs in 2016. In: Herald Scotland , February 7, 2016
  17. Glasgow ranked UK's most violent area. In: BBC News , April 24, 2013
  18. ^ Brexit and the Glasgow Economy: Impacts, Actions and Asks. ( Memento of April 10, 2017 in the Internet Archive ) In: Glasgow Community Planning Partnership , accessed April 10, 2017
  19. Download the report (PDF; Engl.)
  20. ^ Map of the districts of Glasgow
  21. ^ Glasgow City Council
  22. Results of the regional elections 2017
  23. Glasgow City Council> Twin Cities , accessed October 15, 2016
  24. ^ No committee to develop ties with Lahore's twins. Daily Times of Pakistan, March 2, 2007, archived from the original March 4, 2007 ; accessed on February 8, 2008 .