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The population of Wales (Welshmen) grew by only 900,000 inhabitants between 1900 and 1990, ie slower than the population of all of Great Britain. Many emigrated, including to England. In 2017, Wales has just over 3 million inhabitants.

The average population density of Wales is approximately 140 inhabitants per km2, but the population is very unevenly spread. Mid Wales ('the Heartland') is sparsely populated: the counties of Powys, Gwynedd and Ceredigion have a population density of less than 25 inhabitants per km2. About 15% of Welshmen live in North Wales; the population density varies from 60 to 160 inhabitants per km2.

The most populous are the southern counties (330 to 990 inhabitants per km2; Cardiff more than 500 inhabitants per km2). It also includes the towns of more than 20,000 inhabitants and the largest cities, Cardiff (350,000 inhabitants), Swansea (227,000), Newport, Rhondda and Port Talbot. Nearly all of Wales' ethnic minorities also won in the three largest cities in Wales.

Approx. 75% of the population lives in cities. There are two so-called New Towns: Cwmbran and Newton.

Ethnically, the Welshmen descend from the Celts, who, because of the isolated location behind the Cambrian Mountains, could protect their own culture for much longer against outside influences.


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Berkien, G. / Wales

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Danse, W. / Midden-Engeland en Wales

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Hendriksen, B. / Wales
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Hestler, A. / Wales
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King, J. / Wales
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Westphal, U. / Wales
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