St. Gallen (St. Gall; French: Saint-Gall; Italian: San Gallo; Romansh: Son Gagl) is the capital of the canton of St. Gallen in Switzerland. It evolved from the hermitage of Saint Gall, founded in the 7th century. Today, it is a large urban agglomeration (with around 160,000 inhabitants) and represents the center of eastern Switzerland. The town mainly relies on services for its economic base. The main tourist attraction is the Abbey of St. Gall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its renowned library contains books which date to the 9th century. The city has good transport links to the rest of the country and to neighbouring Germany and Austria. It also functions as the gate to the Appenzell Alps. The University of St.Gallen is a research university based in St. Gallen, Switzerland. Highly regarded in Europe, it enjoys an unrivaled reputation in the German-speaking region, given its record of placing its graduates in leadership positions in a variety of organizations across the Continent. The University is generally known as HSG, which is an acronym derived from its full name Universität St.Gallen – Hochschule für Wirtschafts-, Rechts- und Sozialwissenschaften. It is also known in English as the University of St.Gallen for Business Administration, Economics, Law and Social Sciences.