Sydney is the capital city of the Australian state of New South Wales and Australia's largest and oldest city, founded in 1788. With a metropolitan area population exceeding 4 million and a population of approximately 170,000 people in the city proper (known as the "city of Sydney"), the Sydney metropolis is the larger of the two main financial, transport, trade and cultural centres of Australia.
Sydney is a significant global and domestic tourist destination and is regularly declared to be one of the most beautiful and livable cities in the world, admired for its harbour, beautiful coastline, warm and pleasant climate and cosmopolitan culture. Sydney significantly raised its global profile in recent years as the host city of the 2000 Summer Olympics.
The city's name is pronounced "SID-nee", IPA: /ˈsɪdni/.
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