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Wales (/ˈwlz/; Welsh: Cymru [ˈkəm.rɨ] ( listen)) is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and the island of Great Britain, bordered by England to its east, the Irish Sea to its north and west, and the Bristol Channel to its south. It had a population in 2011 of 3,063,456 and has a total area of 20,779 km (8,023 sq mi). Wales has over 1,680 miles (2,700 km) of coastline and is largely mountainous, with its highest peaks in the north and central areas, including Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa), its highest summit. The country lies within the north temperate zone and has a changeable, maritime climate.

Welsh national identity emerged among the Celtic Britons after the Roman withdrawal from Britain in the 5th century, and Wales is regarded as one of the modern Celtic nations. Llywelyn ap Gruffudd's death in 1282 marked the completion of Edward I of England's conquest of Wales, though Owain Glyndŵr briefly restored independence to what was to become modern Wales, in the early 15th century. The whole of Wales was annexed by England and incorporated within the English legal system under the Laws in Wales Acts 1535–1542. Distinctive Welsh politics developed in the 19th century. Welsh Liberalism, exemplified in the early 20th century by Lloyd George, was displaced by the growth of socialism and the Labour Party. Welsh national feeling grew over the century; Plaid Cymru was formed in 1925 and the Welsh Language Society in 1962. Established under the Government of Wales Act 1998, the National Assembly for Wales holds responsibility for a range of devolved policy matters.

At the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, development of the mining and metallurgical industries transformed the country from an agricultural society into an industrial nation; the South Wales Coalfield's exploitation caused a rapid expansion of Wales' population. Two-thirds of the population live in south Wales, mainly in and around Cardiff (the capital), Swansea and Newport, and in the nearby valleys. Now that the country's traditional extractive and heavy industries have gone or are in decline, Wales' economy depends on the public sector, light and service industries and tourism. Wales' 2010 gross value added (GVA) was £45.5 billion (£15,145 per head, 74.0% of the average for the UK, and the lowest GVA per head in Britain).

Although Wales closely shares its political and social history with the rest of Great Britain, and the vast majority of the population speaks English, the country has retained a distinct cultural identity and is officially bilingual. Over 560,000 Welsh language speakers live in Wales, and the language is spoken by a majority of the population in parts of the north and west. From the late 19th century onwards, Wales acquired its popular image as the "land of song", in part due to the eisteddfod tradition. At many international sporting events, such as the FIFA World Cup, Rugby World Cup and the Commonwealth Games, Wales has its own national teams, though at the Olympic Games, Welsh athletes compete as part of a Great Britain team. Rugby Union is seen as a symbol of Welsh identity and an expression of national consciousness.


Towns nearby

East Aurora    (9 km)

Marilla    (13 km)

Smaller towns nearby

Sheldon    (8 km)

Holland    (10 km)

Billington Heights    (11 km)

Java    (14 km)

Elma Center    (15 km)

Bennington    (16 km)

Colden    (16 km)

Town Line    (19 km)

Villages nearby

Strykersville    (6 km)

Other locations nearby

Colegrave    (3 km)

Wales Hollow    (3 km)

Big Tree Mobile Home Park    (4 km)

Wales Center    (4 km)

South Wales    (5 km)

Aurora Mobile Home Park    (6 km)

Blakeley    (6 km)

Circle B Courts Mobile Home Park    (6 km)

Dutch Hollow    (6 km)

Porterville    (7 km)

Harris Corners    (8 km)

Hillside Estates Mobile Home Park    (9 km)

Java Village    (9 km)

North Sheldon    (9 km)

Plants Corner    (9 km)

Triton Valley Estates Mobile Home Park    (9 km)

East Elma    (10 km)

Frinks Corner    (11 km)

Sheldon Center    (11 km)

Taylorshire    (11 km)

Williston    (11 km)

Folsomdale    (12 km)

Griffins Mills    (12 km)

Jamison Road    (12 km)

Persons Corners    (12 km)

Cowlesville    (13 km)

Dutchtown    (13 km)

Jewettville    (13 km)

Toziers Corner    (13 km)

Bush Gardens Mobile Home Park    (14 km)

Java Center    (14 km)

Protection    (14 km)

West Falls    (14 km)

Curriers    (15 km)

Loveland    (15 km)

Punkshire Corners    (15 km)

Triton Valley Estates Mobile Home Park    (15 km)

North Java    (16 km)

Southburg    (16 km)

Spring Brook    (16 km)

Ellicott    (17 km)

Glenwood    (17 km)

Johnsonburg    (17 km)

Chaffee    (18 km)

Spring Brook Station    (18 km)

Varysburg    (18 km)

West Alden    (18 km)

Duells Corner    (19 km)

Footes    (19 km)

Webster Corners    (19 km)

Websters Corners    (19 km)

Blossom    (20 km)

East Seneca    (20 km)

Town Line Station    (20 km)

Landmarks nearby

Goodleburg Cemetery    (2 km)

Sgt Mark A Rademacher Memorial Park    (2 km)

Knox Farm State Park    (11 km)

WIVB TV Tower    (12 km)

Churches nearby

Wales Hollow Lutheran Church    (3 km)

Wales Center Community Baptist Church    (4 km)

Hunters Creek Bible Baptist Church    (5 km)

South Wales Presbyterian Church    (5 km)

Saint John s United Church of Christ    (6 km)

Saint Nicodemus Lutheran Church    (7 km)

Baptist Church of East Aurora    (8 km)

Immanuel Lutheran Church    (8 km)

Nativity Lutheran Church    (8 km)

Saint Cecilia s Roman Catholic Church    (8 km)

Spiritualist Temple of East Aurora    (8 km)

Baker Memorial Methodist Church    (9 km)

East Aurora Christian Church    (9 km)

East Aurora Wesleyan Church    (9 km)

Holland United Methodist Church    (9 km)

Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church    (9 km)

Presbyterian Church of East Aurora    (9 km)

Saint Matthias Episcopal Church    (9 km)

Baptist Church of Holland    (10 km)

Gospel Hall Church    (10 km)

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church    (10 km)

Unitarian Universalist Church of East Aurora    (10 km)

Crossroads Christian Church    (11 km)

Folsomdale Baptist Church    (11 km)

Living Water Fellowship    (11 km)

Williston United Methodist Church    (11 km)

Calvary Heights Baptist Church    (12 km)

Community Alliance Church    (12 km)

Hall    (12 km)

Saint Paul s Lutheran Church of West Falls    (12 km)

Baptist Church of Elma    (13 km)

Baptist Church of Marilla    (13 km)

Cowlesville Baptist Church    (13 km)

Faith Lutheran Church    (13 km)

Saint George Church    (13 km)

Covenant Community Church    (14 km)

Novitiate    (14 km)

Saint Patrick s Church    (14 km)

Union Church    (14 km)

Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church    (15 km)

Emmanuel United Methodist Church    (16 km)

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart    (16 km)

Redeemer Lutheran Church    (16 km)

Saint Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church    (16 km)

Salem United Church of Christ    (16 km)

Wesleyan Church of Orchard    (16 km)

Colden United Methodist Church    (17 km)

Community Baptist Church    (17 km)

Elma United Methodist Church    (17 km)

Fellowship Wesleyan Church    (17 km)

My Father s House    (17 km)

Orchard Park Community Church    (17 km)

Saint Joseph s Roman Catholic Church    (17 km)

Alden Mennonite Church    (18 km)

Christ Gospel Church    (18 km)

Saint Martin s Lutheran Church    (18 km)

Saint Paul s United Church    (18 km)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints    (18 km)

Alden United Methodist Church    (19 km)

Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral    (19 km)

Lancaster Community Baptist Church    (19 km)

Nativity of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church    (19 km)

Orchard Park Presbyterian Church    (19 km)

Presbyterian Church of Alden    (19 km)

Saint Aidans Episcopal Church    (19 km)

Saint John s Evangelical Lutheran Church    (19 km)

Saint Mark s Episcopal Church    (19 km)

Sullivan Baptist Church    (19 km)

Town Line Lutheran Church    (19 km)

Living Faith Free Methodist Church    (20 km)

Saint John Vianney Roman Catholic Church    (20 km)

Saint Johns Church    (20 km)

United Methodist Church of Orchard Park    (20 km)