2019

2019 marked the continuing transformation of Aberdeen. Test your knowledge of the year’s highlights.

1. The Demos-PwC Good Growth for Cities Index ranked Aberdeen among the top 10 UK cities to live and work. Where did Aberdeen place in Scotland?
Ο 1st
Correct! Aberdeen came 6th of 42 cities across the UK, with Oxford top. The index uses 10 indicators the public most important to economic well-being.
Ο 2nd
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Ο 3rd
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2. The Event Complex Aberdeen (TECA) was launched. Its P&J arena hosted BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Which Aberdeen legend helped declare the winners?
Ο Denis Law
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Ο Sir Alex Ferguson
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Ο Willie Miller
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3. As a pioneer of green energy, Aberdeen is set to become the first city in the world to introduce hydrogen-powered…
Ο Double-decker buses
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Ο Heating systems for homes
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Ο Street lighting
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4. The Dons announced a £5 million investment package. What did new AFC chairman Dave Cormack cite as a goal?
Ο Attaining UEFA’s top 100 status
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Ο Targeting a top signing
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Ο Buying a club helicopter to make away game travel easier
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5. Aberdeen is working towards becoming Scotland’s first Unicef Child Friendly City. The city marked World Children’s Day by…
Ο Giving the council chamber over to school pupils
Correct! So they could share their views on how they could be more involved in local decision-making.
Ο Introducing child-sized street furniture throughout the city
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Ο Linking up with schools in twin cities to debate climate change
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6. Aberdeen Art Gallery (above) reopened after a £34.6 million redevelopment. How long did it take to attract its 10,000th visitor?
Ο 5 days
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Ο 5 weeks
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Ο The figure has yet to be reached
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7. The New York Times ranked Aberdeen number 24 in its list of must-see global destinations. The reviewer raved about their first impressions of the city – but how did they arrive?
Ο On an overnight train from London
Correct! They loved the “dramatic coastline” on approach.
Ο Jetting over Rubislaw Quarry
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Ο Via the new £745 million Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route
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8. The former Robert Gordon University administration building on Schoolhill became home to which kind of new enterprise?
Ο A technology hub
Correct! ONE CodeBase is a partnership between Opportunity North East and CodeBase, the biggest technology incubator in the UK.
Ο Apartments with on-site amenities
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Ο A visitor attraction celebrating the city region’s impact on the world
Incorrect. That will be Provost Skene’s House, due to re-open in autumn 2020.

9. Aberdeen hosted the World Energy Cities Partnership. Who became its president?
Ο Lord Provost Barney Crockett
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Ο  Sir Ian Wood
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Ο Deirdre Michie
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10. The refreshed Aberdeen City Local Outcome Improvement Plan (2016-26) was approved. What are its aspirations for Aberdeen?
Ο Carbon emissions are 42.5% lower
Correct – as are the other two answers! The vision is of Aberdeen as a place where all people can prosper.
Ο Fewer than one in 10 children living in poverty
Correct – as are the other two answers! The vision is of Aberdeen as a place where all people can prosper.
Ο Residents living in good health for at least five years longer  
Correct – as are the other two answers! The vision is of Aberdeen as a place where all people can prosper.

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