20 Interesting facts about Wales

Wales, also known as Cymru, is part of the United Kingdom and well-known for its rich history and culture. We’ve rounded up 20 interesting facts about Wales, below.

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  1. Mount Everest was named after Welshman Sir George Everest from Gwernvale, Breconshire.
  2. Only 21% of the entire Welsh population of Wales can speak the native language.
  3. Wales is believed to have more castles per square mile than anywhere else in the world.
  4. Welshman, Pryce Jones from Newtown Montgomeryshire, created the world’s first Mail Order business.
  5. Robert Recorde of Pembrokeshire invented the “equal to” sign.
  6. The letters K, Q, V and Z do not appear in the Welsh alphabet.
  7. All the statues surrounding Cardiff Castle are of animals.
  8. Lawn tennis first appeared in Wales in the 1800s.
  9. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyll-llantysiliogogogoch is the name of a town in North Wales which translates as “The church of St. Mary in the hollow of white hazel trees near the rapid whirlpool by St. Tysilio’s of the red cave”. It is believed to be the longest place name in the world.
  10. Marconi’s first radio transmission in 1897 was between two points in Wales.
  11. The Millenium Stadium in Cardiff has the largest retractable roof of any sports arena in the World.
  12. Wales is the land of mythical King Arthur.
  13. The Welsh motto,“Cymru am byth”, means “Wales forever”.
  14. The Welsh anthem is “Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau” which means “Land Of My Fathers”.
  15. Wales is the only part of the UK not to be represented on the Union Jack.
  16. Wales has a population of approximately three million people.
  17. The population of sheep in Wales is four times greater than the Welsh population of humans.
  18. Famous people from Wales include Richard Burton, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Tom Jones, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Shirley Bassey, Timothy Dalton and Charlotte Church.
  19. Saint David (in Wales “Dewi Sant”) was a Welsh Bishop during the 6th century, later regarded as a saint and as the Patron Saint of Wales.
  20. The Seven Wonders of Wales is a list of seven geographic and cultural landmarks in Wales, identified in the late 18th century in doggerel verse. All in North Wales, the list includes Snowdon (the highest mountain), the Gresford Bells (the bells in the medieval church of All Saints at Gresford), Llangollen Bridge in Flintshire, the Wrexham Steeple, the Overton Yew trees and Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall.

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  • Jonathan Mitchell

    Cymru am byth means welsh and proud.

    • Peter Morgan John Davies

      Cymru am byth means Wales forever, Welsh and proud is falch of fod yn Gymro.

  • BREDA

    i love singing and soccer im from ireland. ireland rules
    yeah go ireland

    • darren chrisatian

      just as well , as you know ST Patrick was Welsh

  • BREDA

    i love ireland

    • asdfghjk

      hi

  • Joseph Schmidt

    Wales has always been my dream place. I’ve always heard about its beauty and the people as well. I really would love to be in Wales with my family and specially visit the touring sites along with them. The place is just awesome :) 😀

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  • Elizabeth Huff

    I have been visiting different places in the world but i am yet to visit wales. I’ve heard a lot about it and i really want to be there. After this blog i must say that i will be scheduling my next vacations for Wales :) I really appreciate the blog it made me positive to be one the visitors to WALES :) Thanks again :)

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    • http://www.lycaeum.org/nigfis/ Nigel Burke

      Did you manage to make it here yet Elizabeth? Our country is more beautiful than you can even imagine. We should be on every bucket list. Nigel.

      • Remi Martin

        It’s a shit hole.

        • Lewis

          Aye, in the valleys. (Sadly where I live)

  • omar

    cool

  • bobdg

    thats a long name

  • bobdg

    i like turtels

  • bobdg

    hi

  • Lucy

    The longest place name is in New Zealand and is called Taumata whakatangi hangakoauau o tamatea turi pukakapiki maungahoro nuku pokai whenua kitanatahu.

    • Jack Rimell

      True but it that name was created just for the record and was disqualified by the guinness world records committee

  • Haley

    Lived in wales most of my life… Having lived here I think denotes some of its extraordinaryness…. Its just my land… My land of sheep 😀

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  • Maggie Cook

    Wow. Wales is truly amazing. I’m trying to convince my dad to take me here because
    1) I’ve always wanted to visit here and what world traveler doesn’t want to :)
    2) Um have you seen the pictures of Wales?
    Definitely on my bucket list! Thanks for this list! xXMaggieXx

  • me

    BC place in Vancouver, Canada has the largest retractable roof in the world

  • darren chrisatian

    Got to be honest it is the forgotten place in the UK..who hasn.t heard of Scottish and Irish castles , but Wales has more. USA TV regularly overlooks Wales , look into the history , a lot of important Americans are Welsh or Welsh descent…war of the roses, heavy Welsh influence , Agincourt , Crechy , the list goes on ….but you get the feeling that’s how they like it ….St Patrick was also Welsh and probably William Wallace ..as his name literally means William the Welshman…

  • Drasaur

    I AM FROM WALES