Belfast is Northern Ireland's capital and largest city, standing on the banks of the River Lagan on the east coast of Northern Ireland. Belfast is the 12th biggest city in the UK (United Kingdom) and the second biggest on Ireland's island. In 2015, it had a population of 333,871. Belfast suffered greatly from the troubles: it was known to be one of the most violent cities in the world in 1970s and 1980s, with a homicide rate of about 31 per 100,000.
There are two universities in Belfast. Founded in 1845, Queen's University Belfast is a member of the Russell Group, an alliance of 24 UK leading research-intensive universities. It is one of the biggest universities in the United Kingdom, with 25,231 graduate and postgraduate students spread over 250 buildings, of which 120 are architecturally significant.
Belfast is the first most visited cities in the United Kingdom and the second most visited city on the island of Ireland. In 2008, 7.1 million visitors visited the city.