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The English name for Wales originates from the Germanic word Walha, meaning "stranger" or foreigner," which is in turn probably derived from the term Volcae. The Welsh call themselves Cymry, meaning "compatriots," and call their country Cymru, which is believed to have meant "Land of the Compatriots" in Old Welsh.
Wales is one of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It occupies a wide peninsula on the west coast of the island of Great Britain, taking up about one-tenth of the island.
Total Area 8,018 sq mi
(20,766 sq km)
Population (2013 est)
National Flag (Y
Ddraig Goch) the red dragon of Prince Cadwalader,
along with the Tudor colors of green and white
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