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Country Name
Wales
Geographical Area
20,758 sq km
Population
3,064,000
Capital City
Cardiff
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People   3,064,000
Language   Welsh and English
Religion   Christian 57.6%, Atheist or Agnostic 32.1%, Muslim 1.5%.
Government   Devolution, Constitutional monarchy
Head of Government   Prime Minister: David Cameron, Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II, First Minister: Car
Embassy   There is a virtual presence in Wales, but the official American Embassy is at: 24 Grosvenor Square London, W1A 1AE United Kingdom Tel: (44) (0) 20 7499-9000
Visas   Citizens of the US and Canada do not need a visa for stays in the UK up to 6 months, but they are prohibited from working. Customs officials may ask you to show them a return or onward ticket and proof of sufficient funds for your stay.
Health Risks   For the latest information on vaccinations, outbreaks, and diseases, please consult the World Health Organization (WHO) website.
Clothing Suggestions   Do not forget your umbrella! Temperatures rarely go below 33F or over 72F.
Time Zone:   GMT/UTC 0; five hours ahead of US EST.
Banking / Exchange   Cashpoints (ATMs) are very common in Britain: most are linked to major credit cards as well as the Cirrus, Maestro and Plus cash networks.
Currency   Pound Sterling (GBP)_
Electric Current   220-240 Volts
Credit Cards / Traveler Checks   All major credit cards are accepted in hotels, restaurants and major stores. Traveler’s checks are widely accepted throughout England and may be exchanged easily at almost all banks and post offices.
Shopping   In major cities, shops are open Mon-Sat 9am to 5:30pm
Weights & measures   Weight: Pounds and stones. Measure: Feet and inches
How to shop Tax Fee   Currency: GBP VAT rates: Standard 20%. Eligible for VAT refunds: Non-EU residents. Minimum spend: 25 GBP Export validation: To be obtained within three months after the month of purchase. If you are purchasing goods in the UK for personal export, ask in store for a Premier Tax Free form. Complete the form, have it signed by a store employee and attach the original purchase receipts to it.
National Airport   Cardiff International Airport (CWL)
Major Tourist Attractions   Cardiff Castle, Millennium Stadium, Snowdonia National Park, and St. David’s Cathedral.
Tipping Suggestion   If your bill includes a service charge, tipping is not necessary. If not, it is customary to tip 10-15% for good service. Tipping in bars is not standard.
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