The Wales map, shown in red on the image above, locates the country on the western edge of the United Kingdom (UK). The country is part of the UK of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It is part of the continent of Europe. It is bordered by England to the east and the sea to the North, South and West – the Irish Sea to the North and West and the Bristol Channel to the South.
Wales had a population of 3,063,456 at the time of the last Census in the UK which represented some 5% of the UK total population of 63,182,000. It has a land mass total area of 20,779 km2 (8,023 square miles) and it also has a notable and spectacular coastline of some 2,700 km (1,680 miles). It is a mountainous country with its higher peaks in the north and central areas, including Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa), Wales' highest mountain.
Wales' capital is Cardiff which is on the south coast of Wales. It has a population of some 346,100. It is the UK's eleventh-largest city and is Wales' chief commercial and political centre. The Senedd (Wales' Parliament) and most national cultural institutions and Welsh media are based in Cardiff
Devolution has brought a major change to the political map of Wales. In 1979, a referendum in Wales voted against the creation of a Welsh assembly with an 80 per cent majority. Almost 20 years later in 1997, a second referendum voted in favour of devolution by a small majority, but a majority nevertheless. The referendum established a National Assembly for Wales in 1999 with the power to determine how Wales' central government budget is spent and administered, although the UK Parliament reserved the right to set limits on its powers.The governments of the United Kingdom and of Wales almost invariably define Wales as a country. The Welsh Government says: "Wales is not a Principality. Although we are joined with England by land, and we are part of Great Britain, Wales is a country in its own right."
In May 2020, the National Assembly for Wales changed its name to the Senedd (Parliament) .
There are two official languages in Wales, namely Welsh and English. English is the primary official language, able to be used in all situations whereas Welsh only has official status in limited but significant situations as defined by legislation. In teh Senedd, both languages have equal status. English is spoken by almost the entire population of Wales whereas around a quarter can speak Welsh, to varying levels of fluency. The Senedd has ambitious plans to increase the number of Welsh speakers to 1 million by 2050.
Rugby Union is the national sport in Wales and is recognised as 'being more than just a sport' by the Welsh nation and their people. This is reflected in the important status and responsibility that the Wales' national team hold in Welsh culture and society.
Our company, FelinFach Natural Textiles is located in the heart of the Preseli area of Pembrokeshire near to Boncath. We design Welsh blankets, Welsh woollen blankets and throws which are traditionally woven at Welsh mills. We also design and make natural hand dyed yarn, cotton, silk and wool scarves and other handmade products. We are a proud supporter of the Campaign for Wool, Global Welsh and Wales International.
Last update 18th May 2020
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Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda - Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Christmas and New Year celebrations in Wales, including, Plygain (Christmas Carols between 3am and 6am), Noson Gyflaith (Toffee making evening), Mari Lwyd (A Grey Mare), Wassail (Hot mulled cider), Calennig (Trick or Treat, Welsh style) and New Year’s celebrations in Cwm Gwaun on 13th January each year!
Born on 27th October 1914 Dylan was a Welsh poet and writer whose works include the poems, Do not go gentle into that good night, And death shall have no dominion, and Under Milk Wood. Thomas left school to be a junior newspaper reporter and in 1932 he concentrated on his poetry full-time. He became popular in his lifetime and remained so after his death at 39 in New York City.