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Enjoy a live tour of London‘s Trafalgar Square, the junction of some of the busiest streets in London and its famous landmarks.
Check out this live London HD web cam in the centre of London overlooking many well known and famous landmarks on the River Thames.
A webcam looking at the famous Abbey Road pedestrian crossing that was made famous by The Beatles by being on the cover of their Abbey Road album…
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ABC News will have live coverage of the Royal Wedding in London, England. They should have streaming video and sound so you can watch the event o…
This webcam offers the best views of Leicester Square, London. The webcam has 8 set views to choose from including close ups of the Odeon Cinema …
A computer controlled digital camera provides a 360-degree panoramic view from the top of the Monument. Webcam image refreshes every 60 seconds.
These are the latest London 2012 webcam images taken of the Olympic Park site. The webcams update you on the progress taking place on the Park an…
A live view of the Tower Bridge. Was instantly hailed as a London icon and one of the great engineering marvels of its age. Images are flash stre…
Two webcams located on Dundas St., one looking east towards Wellington Rd & the London Public Library (central branch), with the other looking w…
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Wales (/ˈweɪlz/ ( listen), Welsh: Cymru; pronounced [ˈkəmrɨ] ( listen)) is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and the island of Great Britain, bordered by England to its east and the Atlantic Ocean and Irish Sea to its west. It has a population of three million, and a total area of 20,779 km² (8,023 sq mi). Wales has over 1,200 km (746 mi) of coastline, including its offshore islands; the largest, Anglesey (Ynys Môn), is also the largest island in the Irish Sea. Generally mountainous, its highest mountains are in the north and central areas, especially in Snowdonia (Eryri), which contains Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa), its highest peak.
During the Iron Age and early medieval period, Wales was inhabited by the Celtic Britons. A distinct Welsh national identity emerged in the centuries after the Roman withdrawal from Britain in the 5th century, and Wales is regarded as one of the modern Celtic nations today. Gruffydd ap Llywelyn was recognised as king of Wales in 1057. Llywelyn ap Gruffydd‘s death in 1282 marked the completion of Edward I of England‘s conquest of Wales. The castles and town walls erected to ensure its permanence are now UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Owain Glyndŵr briefly restored independence to what was to become modern Wales, in the early 15th century. Wales was subsequently annexed by England under the Laws in Wales Acts 1535–1542 since when, excluding those matters now devolved to Wales, English law has been the legal system of Wales and England. 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 Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg (The Welsh Language Society) in 1962. The National Assembly for Wales, created in 1999 following a referendum, holds responsibility for a range of devolved policy matters.
Wales lies within the north temperate zone, its changeable, maritime climate making it one of the wettest countries in Europe. It was an agricultural society for most of its early history, the country’s terrain making arable farming secondary to pastoral farming, the primary source of Wales’ wealth. In the 18th century, the introduction of the slate and metallurgical industries, at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, began to transform the country into an industrial nation; the UNESCO World Heritage Sites Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and the Blaenavon Industrial Landscape date from that period. The south Wales coalfield‘s exploitation in the Victorian era caused a rapid expansion of the Welsh population. Two-thirds of Wales’ three million population live in south Wales, mainly in and around the cities of Cardiff (Caerdydd), Swansea (Abertawe) and Newport (Casnewydd), and in the nearby valleys. Another concentration live in eastern north Wales. Cardiff, Wales’ capital, is the country’s most populous city, with 317,500 residents, and for a period was the biggest coal port in the world. Today, with the country’s traditional heavy industries (coal, steel, copper, tinplate and slate) either gone or in decline, Wales’ economy depends on the public sector, light and service industries, and tourism.
Although Wales shares a close political and social history with the rest of Great Britain, it has retained a distinct cultural identity. Wales is officially bilingual, the Welsh and English languages having equal status. The Welsh language is an important element of Welsh culture, and its use is supported by national policy. Over 580,000 Welsh speakers live in Wales, more than 20% of the population. From the late 19th century onwards, Wales acquired its popular image as the “land of song,” attributable in part to the revival of the eisteddfod tradition. At international sporting events, such as the FIFA World Cup, Rugby World Cup and the Commonwealth Games, Wales is represented by national teams regulated and organised by over fifty national governing bodies of sports in Wales. At the Olympic Games, Welsh athletes compete as part of a Great Britain team. Although football has traditionally been the more popular sport in north Wales, rugby union is seen as a symbol of Welsh identity and an expression of national consciousness.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Government and politics
- 4 Law and order
- 5 Geography and natural history
- 6 Education
- 7 Economy
- 8 Healthcare
- 9 Demographics
- 10 Culture
- 11 Transport
- 12 National symbols
- 13 See also
- 14 References
- 15 Bibliography
- 16 External links
Alba (Scottish Gaelic)
|Motto: In My Defens God Me Defend (Scots)
(often shown abbreviated as IN DEFENS)
|Anthem: None (de jure)
Various de facto – see National anthem of Scotland and note 1
|Recognised regional languages||Gaelic, Scots2|
|Ethnic groups||89% Scottish, 7% English, Irish, Welsh, 4% other|
|Government||Devolved Government within a Constitutional monarchy4|
|–||First Minister||Alex Salmond MSP|
|–||Prime Minister of the United Kingdom||David Cameron, MP|
|Establishment||Early Middle Ages; exact date of establishment unclear or disputed; traditional 843, by King Kenneth MacAlpin|
30,414 sq mi
|GDP (nominal)||2006 estimate|
|–||Total||GBP 124 billion|
|Currency||Pound sterling (
|Time zone||GMT (UTC0)|
|–||Summer (DST)||BST (UTC+1)|
|Drives on the||left|
|ISO 3166 code||GB|
|Patron saint||St Andrew
|1||Flower of Scotland, Scotland the Brave and Scots Wha Hae have been used in lieu of an official anthem.|
|2||Both Scots and Scottish Gaelic are officially recognised as autochthonous languages under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages; the Bòrd na Gàidhlig is tasked, under the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005, with securing Gaelic as an official language of Scotland, commanding “equal respect” with English.|
|3||Historically, the use of “Scotch” as an adjective comparable to “Scottish” was commonplace, particularly outwith Scotland. However, the modern use of the term describes only products of Scotland, usually food or drink related.|
|4||Scotland’s head of state is the monarch of the United Kingdom, currently Queen Elizabeth II (since 1952). Scotland has limited self-government within the United Kingdom as well as representation in the UK Parliament. It is also a UK electoral region for the European Parliament. Executive and legislative powers have been devolved to, respectively, the Scottish Government and the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood in Edinburgh.|
|5||Also .eu, as part of the European Union. ISO 3166-1 is GB, but .gb is unused.|
Scotland (Scottish Gaelic: Alba, Scottish Gaelic pronunciation: [ˈalˠ̪apə]) is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. Occupying the northern third of the island of Great Britain, it shares a border with England to the south and is bounded by the North Sea to the east, the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, and the North Channel and Irish Sea to the southwest. In addition to the mainland, Scotland includes over 790 islands including the Northern Isles and the Hebrides.
Edinburgh, the country’s capital and second largest city, is one of Europe‘s largest financial centres. Edinburgh was the hub of the Scottish Enlightenment of the 18th century, which transformed Scotland into one of the commercial, intellectual and industrial powerhouses of Europe. Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, was once one of the world’s leading industrial cities and now lies at the centre of the Greater Glasgow conurbation. Scottish waters consist of a large sector of the North Atlantic and the North Sea, containing the largest oil reserves in the European Union. This has given Aberdeen, the third largest city in Scotland, the title of Europe’s oil capital.
The Kingdom of Scotland emerged as an independent sovereign state in the Early Middle Ages and continued to exist until 1707, although it had been in a personal union with the kingdoms of England and Ireland since James VI of Scotland succeeded to the English and Irish thrones in 1603. On 1 May 1707, Scotland entered into an incorporating political union with England to create the united Kingdom of Great Britain. This union resulted from the Treaty of Union agreed in 1706 and enacted by the twin Acts of Union passed by the Parliaments of both countries, despite widespread protest across Scotland. Scotland’s legal system continues to be separate from those of England and Wales and Northern Ireland, and Scotland constitutes a distinct jurisdiction in public and in private law.
The continued existence of legal, educational and religious institutions distinct from those in the remainder of the UK have all contributed to the continuation of Scottish culture and national identity since the Union. In 1999, a devolved legislature, the Scottish Parliament, was founded with authority over many areas of home affairs following a successful referendum in 1997. Issues surrounding devolution and independence continue to be debated. The Scottish National Party won an overall majority in the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, and have announced their intention to hold a referendum on independence sometime during the second half of the present five-year parliamentary term.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Government and politics
- 4 Law and criminal justice
- 5 Geography and natural history
- 6 Economy and infrastructure
- 7 Demography
- 8 Military
- 9 Culture
- 10 Food
- 11 See also
- 12 References
- 13 Further reading
- 14 External links