20 Interesting Facts about Wales

Wales, otherwise known as Cymru, is part of the United Kingdom and a country known for its rich history and culture. Here are some facts about this fascinating place.

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 first Mail Order business in the World.

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 at all.

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 Kind Arthur.

13. The Welsh motto is “Cymru am byth” which 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 Flag (Union Jack).

16. Wales has a population of around 3 million.

17. The population 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 regarded 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 “wonders” are: Snowdon (the highest mountain), the Gresford Bells (the bells in the medieval church of All Saints at Gresford), Llangollen Bridge in Flintshire, the Wrexham (Wrecsam) Steeple, the Overton Yew trees and Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall.


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8 Responses to 20 Interesting Facts about Wales

  1. Jonathan Mitchell September 8, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

    Cymru am byth means welsh and proud.

    • Peter Morgan John Davies May 6, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

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

  2. BREDA September 19, 2013 at 8:45 pm #

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

  3. BREDA September 19, 2013 at 8:47 pm #

    i love ireland

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  4. Joseph Schmidt October 9, 2013 at 11:37 pm #

    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 :) :D

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  5. Elizabeth Huff October 10, 2013 at 2:48 am #

    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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  6. omar March 24, 2014 at 6:59 pm #

    cool

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