The Welsh name for Wales is Cymm.
Wales is in the west of Great Britain 0fl the left side of England. it's 20 768km2 large. 2,8 million people live in Wales and Cardiff is the capital city. The island Anglesey is part of Wales. 60% of Wales is mountains. The highest mountaintop is the mountain called Snowdon and it is 1094m high. The most mountains are in north and mid Wales and only about 15% of the Welsh population live there. Most Welshmen, about 1.85 million people, live in South Wales. People who live in Wales are called Welshmen. Many years ago people emigrated to England and other parts of Europe. In 1960 more Welsh people stayed in their country. Since 1967 Welsh and English are both official languages in Wales. About a quarter of the Welsh people (mainly in the west and north) stili talk Welsh, a Çeltic lang uage. The Welsh language looks rather like Bretons of the French Bretange. Wales has economio ties with England and the rest of Great Britain but the Welsh people want to be free from England. They want a sovereign state. Wales has its own television company and in 1972 they started their own bank:
the National Bank of Wales. The biggest cities are Cardiff, Swansea1 Newport, LIanelli, and Port Talbot. They are all in South Wales. New towns in Wales are Cwmbran and Newtown.
The largest church in Wales is Methodism. Wales is an Anglican ecclesiastical province. The method of teaching in whole Great Britain is almost the same. Many primary and secondary schools are bilingual, but in Wales all the subjects are not obligatory. More and more schools in Wales teach chudren the Welsh lang uage. There are University of Wales colleges in Cardiff, Swansea, Bangor, Lampeter and Aberystwyth. The ones in Cardiff and Swansea are mainly English and the University in Aberystwyth is completely Welsh. About 80 years ago many pople were working in the coal mines and there was also a large steel industry.. After 1945 other industries came to Wales. Wales produces plastic and clothes and electronics. Whole Wales is a development area. Wales has had more success with new industries than Scotland and they've got many small companies. The biggest harbours in Wales are in Swansea, Barry, Cardiff and Newport. In 1900 they were coal harbours but after 1913 they had a new economic basis. And in Milford Haven there has BiwBys been a fishing port. There are five oil refineries in Wales. There are three of them in Milford Haven, one in Neath (near Swansea) and one in Pembroke. The complete capacity amounts to 30 million barrels every year. In North Wales is Flintshire the second industrial area of Wales (metal and light industry).
In the agrarian Mid Wales there is a lot of cattl~breeding and there are many sheep. They cultivate potato's and cattle fodder. All this helps the economic development of the city Newtown. The tourist economy in Wales is growing a lot. Most tourists in Wales go for the beautiful nature.