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San Sebastián

Full nameDonostia-San Sebastián
Official nameDonostia-San Sebastián
Native name   
(Spanish for "Won by fidelity, nobility and loyalty")
Autonomous communityBasque Country
MayorJuan Karlos Izagirre
Land Area23.5 sq mi (60.89 km2)
Elevation19.7 ft (6 m)
Total Population186122 (2011)
Density (pop.)3010.48/km2 (7797.1/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneCET (UTC+1)
- Summer (DST)CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code20001-20018
Area code34 (Spain) + 943 (Gipuzkoa)

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Donostia-San Sebastián ( , -eudoˈnos̺tiaIPA; , -essan seβasˈtjanIPA; known officially as Donostia-San Sebastián) is a city and municipality located in the north of Spain, in the coast of the Bay of Biscay and 20 km away from the French border. The city is the capital of Gipuzkoa, in the autonomous community of the Basque Country. The municipality’s population is 186,122 (2011), and its metropolitan area reaches 436,000 (2010). Locals call themselves donostiarras, both in Spanish and Basque.

The main economic activities are commerce and tourism, being one of the most famous tourism destinations in Spain. Despite the city’s small size, international events such as the San Sebastián International Film Festival have given it an international dimension. San Sebastián, along with Wroclaw, Poland, will be the European Capital of Culture in 2016.

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