Wales is one of the administrative divisions of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Wales is just over 20, 000 square kilometers and has a population of over three million. The majority of the population are Welsh - representatives of one of the Celtic peoples. Interestingly, only one in five Welshmen knows their native Welsh language.
12 Interesting Facts About Wales
- In Wales there is a town with an incredibly complex name, consisting of 58 letters - Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. In Russian it can be translated something like this: "Church of St. Mary in a hollow overgrown with white hazel next to the swift whirlpool of St. Tesillo cave." They say that such a long name was specially invented in the second half of the 19th century to attract tourists. It's really worth coming here. At least in order to photograph the sign with the name of the settlement.
- The capital of Wales is Cardiff. It, with all the desire, cannot be called a metropolis, the population of the city is about 350, 000 inhabitants. It received the status of a city not so long ago, in 1905. And he became the capital in 50 years. In the fall of 1945, the footballers of the Moscow “Dynamo” visited here, making a tour of the UK. The match with the local club "Cardiff City" ended with a confident victory of the Soviet team with a score of 10: 1.
- The Cardiff footballers weren't even helped by a trick, they soaked their boots overnight in a strong saline solution to give them the strength of concrete. The Daily Mail noted after the match that no British club could have beaten Cardiff City with such a devastating score.
- As you know, the inhabitants of the British Isles are great bettors. So, for example, in 1980, in one of the pubs in Wales, a dispute ensued about whether a person could overtake a horse at a long distance. Landowner Gordon Green decided to test this in practice, and arranged a competition. Riders and runners had to overcome 35 kilometers of rough terrain.
- Competitions have been held regularly since then, but riders win more often. The runners were the first to reach the finish line only twice. In 2004, Hugh Lobb was able to do this, and three years later, Florian Holzinger. In the eighties, cyclists were also allowed to participate.
- An enormous yew tree grows in North Wales, which is about 4, 000 years old. This tree is one of the oldest in Europe. True, the Welsh themselves are sure that this tree is much older, but it is difficult to determine its exact age, since at the end of the last century, a significant part of the dried wood was removed from the yew.
- The highest peak on the planet is named after the Welsh geographer George Everest. It happened in 1865, a year before the death of the scientist. George Everest himself opposed such a decision, but colleagues at the Royal Geographical Society were persistent and were able to convince him.
- Every December, the small town of Santon Bridge in southwest Wales becomes the world's liars' capital. Fans of stories come here from all over the world. The participant is given 5 minutes to speak, while the text cannot be read. Locals claim that in the 19th century, landowner Will Ritson amused the entire district with his "believable" stories. The tournament also has its own champions. For example, John Graham became the winner 7 times.
- Major Walter Wingfield is considered to be the originator of tennis, who entertained guests with this game from his castle in Wales. He also in 1873 first developed and published the rules of "lawn tennis". Wingfield got down to business on a grand scale: he set up the production of tennis equipment and textbooks for beginner tennis players.
- The most common surname in Wales is Jones. It is worn by about six percent of Welsh people. Among them are actor and screenwriter Gary Jones, singer and actress Lucy Jones, TV presenter Steve Jones and many others. There was a case when five players with the last name Jones played in the Welsh national rugby team at once, but none of them were related to each other.
- In 1682, one of the most famous pirates in history, Roberts Bartholomew, was born in Wales, who captured more than 400 ships, and the total amount of loot exceeded 50 million pounds sterling. At the same time, "Black Bart" did not resemble the classic image of a pirate. He was always neatly dressed, never swearing, drinking wine, or gambling. The legendary pirate died on February 10, 1722 during a battle with the British warship "Swallow". According to the will, he was wrapped in a sail and thrown into the sea.
- The total number of Welsh people in the world is about six million. It turns out that only one in three of them live in Wales. Another two million in the United States and 450 thousand in Canada. According to the US Census, about 4 percent of the country's inhabitants have, to varying degrees, Welsh roots.