Wales (Cymru in the Welsh language) is part of Europe, a region of the island of Britain, and a constituent nation of the United Kingdom.
Wales is situated to the west of England, a peninsula about 170 miles (256 km) long and 60 miles (96 km) wide. Wales covers just over 8,000 square miles (20,720 square kilometers), about 15% more than the San Francisco Bay Area.
Welsh (Cymraeg), the native language of Wales, is a living Celtic language, closely related to Cornish and Breton, and kin to Irish and Scottish Gaelic. It is one of the oldest living languages in Europe; the Welsh spoken today is directly descended from the language of the Sixth Century. Everyone in Wales also speaks English.
Wales is the only nation to have entered this Millenium under the same Flag as it entered the last one! The Welsh Flag is the Red Dragon - shown above (Ddraig Goch in Welsh) - originally brought to Britain by the Roman Legions.
The Welsh-American Society of Northern California (WASNC) celebrates Wales, its history and culture, and the Welsh people who immigrated to America.
Welsh immigrants helped found Pennsylvania; brought the Industrial Revolution technologies of mining and steel making from Wales; formed the Mormon Tabernacle Choir; joined the California Gold Rush, and contributed to the building of the United States
Wales has a rich and vibrant history going back to the pre-Roman Celts, and King Arthur and Merlin.