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Gwynedd

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Gwynedd principal area
Image:WalesGwynedd.png
Geography
Area
- Total
- % Water
Ranked 2nd
2,548 km²
? %
Admin HQCaernarfon
ISO 3166-2GB-GWN
ONS code00NC
Demographics
Population
- Total (April 29, 2001)
- Density
Ranked 13th
116,843
46 / km²
Ethnicity99.0% White
Welsh language
- Any skills
Ranked 1st
76.1%
Politics
Gwynedd Council
http://www.gwynedd.gov.uk/
ControlPlaid Cymru
MPsElfyn Llwyd
Betty Williams
Hywel Williams
AMsDafydd Elis-Thomas
Denise Idris Jones
Alun Ffred Jones
(Constituency)
North Wales (Part),
Mid and West Wales (Part)
(Regional)
MEPsWales

Gwynedd is a principal area in Wales, named after the old Kingdom of Gwynedd. It was created in 1974 as one of the eight new administrative counties of Wales. Although one of the biggest in terms of geographical area, it was also one of the most sparsely populated. A large proportion of the population being Welsh-speaking, it became once again a centre of nationalism, with Plaid Cymru gaining a toehold which helped the party on to greater successes.

In the latest round of local government reorganisation, on April 1, 1996, it was reconstituted to cover a different area, losing Anglesey to became an independent unitary, and Aberconwy to the new Conwy county borough.

As the new Gwynedd covers most of the traditional counties of Caernarfonshire (less the part in the borough of Conwy) and Merionethshire, the reconstituted area was originally named Caernarfonshire and Merionethshire. As one of its first actions, the Council renamed it Gwynedd on April 2.

The pre-1996 boundaries were retained as a ceremonial preserved county - in 2003 the boundary with Clwyd was adjusted to match the modern local government boundary, so that the preserved county now covers the modern Gwynedd along with Anglesey.

The original administrative county contained several districts, these were Aberconwy, Arfon, Dwyfor, Meirionnydd and Anglesey. As a unitary authority the modern entity no longer has any districts, but Arfon, Dwyfor and Meirionnydd remain in use as areas for area committees.

It is the home of the University of Wales, Bangor.

See the list of places in Gwynedd for all villages, towns and cities in Gwynedd.

Gwynedd (1974-1996)
Missing image
WalesGwynedd1974.png



United Kingdom | Wales | Principal areas of Wales Flag of Wales

Anglesey | Blaenau Gwent | Bridgend | Caerphilly | Cardiff | Carmarthenshire | Ceredigion | Conwy | Denbighshire | Flintshire | Gwynedd | Merthyr Tydfil | Monmouthshire | Neath Port Talbot | Newport | Pembrokeshire | Powys | Rhondda Cynon Taff | Swansea | Torfaen | Vale of Glamorgan | Wrexham


United Kingdom | Wales | Preserved counties of Wales Flag of Wales

Clwyd - Dyfed - Gwent - Gwynedd - Mid Glamorgan - Powys - South Glamorgan - West Glamorgan

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