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To the end of the world!

To the end of the world!

Have you heard some people use the adjective 'little’ to describe Wales? The saying 'Little Wales' has been used for a long time. And if you were to look at a map of the world, it would be very difficult to find Wales because of its size. We would have to look very closely. There are a number of countries with many more people living in them. 

Around 3.1 million people live in Wales, which is approximately: 

  • 4.8% of the population of the countries of Britain 
  • 0.42% of the population of Europe 
  • 0.04% of the population of the world. 

Despite these small percentages, Wales’ influence around the world is great. People from all over the world have heard of Wales – thanks to specific people or things. Specific people and things have travelled from Wales around the world and other people – and other things – have travelled to Wales from around the world. 

We have all heard of the 'land of poets and singers', but people know much more about Wales than this. Have you ever heard of the legend of Madog or heard about Welsh people’s journey to Patagonia in 1865? Who knows what mathematical symbols we would use in school today without the influence of Robert Recorde. And what would happen on the grass at Wimbledon every summer if Walter Clopton Wingfield had not invented tennis?! 

Come and read more about our little country’s great influence on the rest of the world! 

An adjective is a word that describes something.
Influence is the ability to have an impact on something or someone else.
Population is the number of people who live somewhere.
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