The city

Donostia - San Sebastian is a coastal city located in the Basque Country. It lies on the coast of the Bay of Biscay, 20 km from the French border.

Capital city of the historical territory of Gipuzkoa, San Sebastian's population is around 186 000, with its metropolitan area reaching 436 500. Despite its size, events such as the San Sebastian International Film Festival, the Jazzaldia, or the celebration of the European capital of Culture in 2016 have given it an international dimension. This big events, together with the city’s usual lively atmosphere, local cultural events, and sport competitions (running and surfing, among others) make of San Sebastian a wonderful city to visit or to life in.

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The working language at nanoGUNE is English. However, official languages in San Sebastian are Basque and Spanish. NanoGUNE offers to its employees the opportunity to learn both languages.