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Barcelona is the second-largest Spanish city and capital of the Catalonia autonomous community. The city itself has a population of 1,619,337[1] and the urban area is inhabitated by 5,012,961 people (2010), being the sixth biggest urban area in the European Union by size.[2]

Barcelona is situated on the Mediterranean coast, in the east of the Iberian Peninsula and 120 kilometres from the French border. It has one of the most important harbours of the Mediterranean Sea and is known worldwide for being the venue of the Olympic Games in 1992.