15 Reasons To Bloody Love Wales

There’s lovely.

1. The breakneck pace of local news.

2. The powerful sense of civic pride.

3. The sense of being somewhere properly rural.

Even if that can occasionally cause problems.

4. The public amenities.

5. The impressively cavalier attitude towards the emergency services.

These “inappropriate” 999 calls were all logged by NHS Wales in 2012.

6. The helpful bilingual signs you see everywhere.

Swansea council had emailed, asking for a Welsh translation. This is the response they got, so that’s what they put on the sign.


The one on the left refers to “bladder inflamation”. The one on the right, confusingly, says “look left”.

Which can initially seem intimidating to outsiders.

But is pretty straightforward once you get used to it.

Which are rich in cultural significance, and not to be mocked under any circumstances.

Photo by Bavnet.

9. The debonair sense of style exhibited by the inhabitants.

10. As well as their talent for spinning yarns.

Not to mention their love of animals.

(Even if it can sometimes seem a little uninformed).

Poster spotted in Newport.

11. The way Welsh people good-naturedly put up with that stereotype.

12. The man candy.


13. The florid and eloquent graffiti.

14. The high-calibre celebrity gossip.

15. And the endless attractions for tourists.

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Luke Lewis is BuzzFeed's Head of European Growth and is based in London.
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