Theme Week Wales

Monday, 3 June 2013 - 01:09 pm (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
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Llandudno © Noel Walley/cc-by-sa-3.0

Llandudno © Noel Walley/cc-by-sa-3.0

Wales is a generally mountainous country, with its highest peaks in the north and central areas, including Snowdon, its highest summit, on the western side of central southern Great Britain. It is about 274 km (170 mi) north–south and 97 km (60 mi) east–west. The oft-quoted ‘size of Wales‘ is about 20,779 km2 (8,023 sq mi). Wales is bordered by England to the east and by sea in all other directions: the Irish Sea to the north and west, St George’s Channel and the Celtic Sea to the southwest and the Bristol Channel to the south. Altogether, Wales has over 1,180 km (730 mi) of coastline, which can be discovered in full length on the Wales Coast Path. Over 50 islands lie off the Welsh mainland; the largest being Anglesey, in the northwest.

At the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, development of the mining and metallurgical industries transformed the country from an agricultural society into an industrial nation; the South Wales coalfield‘s exploitation causing a rapid expansion of Wales’ population. Two-thirds of the population now live in south Wales, mainly in and around Cardiff (the capital), Swansea and Newport, and in the nearby valleys. Today, with the country’s traditional extractive and heavy industries either gone or in decline, Wales’ economy depends on the public sector, light and service industries, and tourism.

Powis Castle terraces © Sjwells53/cc-by-sa-3.0 Map of Wales © AlexD/cc-by-sa-3.0 Caernarfon Castle © Herbert Ortner/cc-by-3.0 Bryn Celli Ddu, a late Neolithic chambered tomb on Anglesey © Rhion Pritchard Barmouth Bridge and Cader Idris © geograph.org.uk - Hugh Chevallier/cc-by-sa-2.0 Llandudno © Noel Walley/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Barmouth Bridge and Cader Idris © geograph.org.uk - Hugh Chevallier/cc-by-sa-2.0
Although Wales shares a close political and social history with the rest of Great Britain, and almost everyone speaks English, the country has retained a distinct cultural identity and is officially bilingual. Over 560,000 Welsh language speakers live in Wales, where it is spoken by a majority of the population in parts of the north and west. From the late 19th century onwards, Wales acquired its popular image as the “land of song”, attributable in part to the eisteddfod tradition. At international sporting events, such as the FIFA World Cup, Rugby World Cup and the Commonwealth Games, Wales is represented by national teams, though at the Olympic Games, Welsh athletes compete as part of a Great Britain team. Rugby union is seen as a symbol of Welsh identity and an expression of national consciousness.

Wales has a distinctive culture including its own language, customs, holidays and music. Wales has three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: The Castles and Town walls of King Edward I in Gwynedd; Pontcysyllte Aqueduct; and the Blaenavon Industrial Landscape.

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Read more on Wales, VisitWales.com, National Assembly for Wales, Natural Resources Wales, List of towns in Wales, Wales Coast Path and Wikipedia Wales. Learn more about the use of photos. To inform you about latest news most of the city, town or tourism websites offer a newsletter service and/or operate Facebook pages/Twitter accounts. In addition more and more destinations, tourist organizations and cultural institutions offer Apps for your Smart Phone or Tablet, to provide you with a mobile tourist guide (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com - Global Passport Power Rank - Travel Risk Map - Democracy Index - GDP according to IMF, UN, and World Bank - Global Competitiveness Report - Corruption Perceptions Index - Press Freedom Index - World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - UN Human Development Index - Global Peace Index - Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index). If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




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