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Coordinates: 52°26′02″N 4°16′30″W / 52.434°N 4.275°W / 52.434; -4.275 West Wales (Welsh: Gorllewin Cymru) is the western area of Wales.

Some definitions of West Wales include only Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire,[1] an area called "South West Wales" in the Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics.[2] Other definitions include Swansea and Neath Port Talbot, but exclude Ceredigion.[3][4] The 'West Wales and the Valleys' NUTS area includes more westerly parts of North Wales.[2]


Historic use of the term

Historically, the term West Wales was applied to the Kingdom of Cornwall during the Anglo-Saxon invasion of Britain and the period of the Heptarchy.[5] The Old English word Wealas, meaning "foreigners" in the sense of Britons, gave its name to Wales, and was also applied to Cornwall, as "West Wealas" meaning Western foreigners.


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