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20 Interesting facts about Wales

by 1st Contact | Jul 29, 2011
  • 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. Do you want to start your UK adventure? Fill out our visa assessment form and let us help you discover a world of opportunity.
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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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