Swansea, as its name would suggest, is very much a seaside city, with stunning long beaches and a busy port. It is the second largest city in Wales (after Cardiff), but maintains a laid back atmosphere thanks to the extraordinary local scenery and historical landmarks. Swansea Castle and Oystermouth Castle, for example, are both well worth a visit by expats living in Swansea, while the surrounding countryside and beaches are perfect for outdoorsy types and nature lovers. Swansea is also famous for its local premier league (soccer) club: Swansea City Football Club. You can’t say you live in Swansea until you have attended one of their home games. Just wrap up well, and bring your own sandwiches.
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Swansea is in many ways a typical British city with a well serviced High Street and great transport connections to the rest of the UK. Swansea also shares the British weather, with wet and cold winters, and mild and drizzly summers. But if you have not lived in Wales before, you may find moving to Swansea to be a bit of a culture shock. The Welsh language is widely spoken around Swansea and the surrounding areas, and the Welsh culture and traditions are vigorously maintained in the local community. Before you set off for Swansea, read up on Welsh history and find out why they hate the English so much, and who Merlin really is. Speak to other expatriates in the InterNations forums for more insight on Welsh history and modern day Wales, or simply use the InterNations platform to get and keep in touch with fellow expats in Swansea, the UK, or across the globe.
Swansea has been a key business hub since the Industrial Revolution. Today, Swansea University is world renowned, and many national and multinational corporations have set up offices in the city, and so more and more expatriates have decided to start living in Swansea to work and study. Expats working in Swansea could use the city as a jumping off point to explore the rest of Wales; parts of England and even Ireland, which is just across the water. Speak to other expats for advice on how to make the most of your time in Wales – just sign up on InterNations and use the discussion boards and forums to share information and experiences with fellow expats. Or are you looking for more general expatriate info? Then have a browse through our content section, including the Expat Magazine, which features insightful articles on various topics, from culture shock to moving abroad with a family and much more.