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A virtual travel guide to Wales, this page is about many aspects of Wales. Search and locate official web sites from the country, and find comprehensive information on the nation in its diversity: Welsh culture, history and geography. Get key information on Wales' economy, education, science, environment, population, and government.
You will have access to news from Wales and you may visit Welsh cities. Find maps and other tourism information for sightseeing, travel and holidays in Wales.



Harlech Castle Wales
Tal-y-llyn - Harlech Castle
© britainonview/ Rod Edwards
 

Wales | Cymru

Country Profile


Flag of Wales
Flag of Wales - The Red Dragon Flag

Background:
Wales is a country, and one of the four constituent nations which form the United Kingdom, located in the south-west of Great Britain bordered by England to the east, the Bristol Channel to the south, St George's Channel in the west, and the Irish Sea to the north.
Wales lost its independence in 1282 when it was conquered by the English King Edward I. From this time until 1999, Wales was ruled directly from London. In 1999 the first elections for the National Assembly for Wales were held. An Assembly with only limited domestic powers. Plans to increase the Welsh assembly's law-making powers are due to be announced.



 
Wales small map

Official Name:
Wales
Welsh: Cymru

Time:
Local Time = UTC +0h
Actual Time: Sat-May-30  16:25
Daylight saving time (DST) from March to October: UTC +1

Capital City: Cardiff (Caerdydd, pop. 305 000)

Other Cities:
Newport (137 000), Swansea (223 000)

Government:
Type: Constituent Nation of the United Kingdom
Head of state: HM Queen Elizabeth II

Geography:
Location: Europe, south-west of Great Britain bordered by England to the east, the Bristol Channel to the south, St George's Channel in the west, and the Irish Sea to the north.
Area: 20 755 sq. km (8,023 square miles).

Climate: Temperate, rainy some sunny spots.

People:
Nationality:
Population: 2 750 000
Ethnic Groups: British 95%, Irish 0.5%
Religions: Christian 72%
Languages: English, Welsh (less than 30%)
Literacy: 99%

Currency: Pound sterling £ (GBP)

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Official Sites of Wales

Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru
The National Assembly for Wales.


Statistics
Statistics for Wales
Wales in figures.

Maps

Map of Wales
A map of Wales showing the counties, the main towns and cities.
Google Earth Google Map Wales
Searchable map and satellite view of Wales.
Google Earth Google Map Cardiff
Searchable map and satellite view of Wales' capital.

Map of Europe
Political Map of Europe.

 

News

National Assembly for Wales: News
Official governmental news.
BBC Wales
BBC news from Wales.
icWales
With news from Wales, the UK and around the world.
IndyCymru
Independent news for Wales (news board)
The North Wales Chronicle
Weekly local news from the Bangor, Anglesey and Caernarfon/Llyn areas.
South Wales Argus
News from Gwent.
 

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Arts & Culture

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru
The National Library of Wales.
National Museums and Galleries of Wales
A guide to Welsh museums and galleries.
Welsh National Costume
The site provides the history of the traditional Welsh National costume.

 

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Business & Economy

Cardiff Chamber of Commerce
The only accredited Chamber in Wales.

Welsh Development Agency (WDA)
Includes information for companies considering investing in Wales as well information about the country.
 
 

Destination Wales - Country Guides

VisitWales.com
Holidays in Wales - the official Wales tourism website.

BBC Wales
BBC Wales' portal site, with comprehensive information on Wales.
Castles of Wales
A guide to Wales monuments of the Middle Ages, the medieval Castles of Wales.

icWales
Welsh portal, the national website of Wales.

Cardiff
Cardiff
The City of Cardiff
Cardiff County Council
The Cardiff County Council.

 

Travel and Tour Consumer Information
 

Education

Cardiff University
Official site of the University.
University of Wales
A federal university comprising six Constituent Institutions and two University Colleges.
University of Wales Aberystwyth
University of Wales at Aberystwyth.
University of Wales Swansea University of Wales at Swansea.
 
 

Environment & Nature

Countryside Council for Wales
The national wildlife conservation authority.
CADW
The historic environment agency with responsibility for protecting, conserving and promoting an appreciation of the historic environment of Wales.
Saveourseas.co.uk
Marine Awareness North Wales - to raise the public's awareness of the considerable and increasing troubles facing the marine environment today.
Wales Biodiversity Partnership
Biodiversity Action across Wales.

 
West Glamorgan -
View of the Arthur's Stone rock formation
© britainonview/ Rod Edwards

History

BBC: Wales History
Comprehensive site about Wales' history by BBC.

History in Wales
From Roman times until today, site about history in Wales.

 
Conwy Castle
Gwynedd - Conwy Castle
© britainonview/ Rod Edwards

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