Local govrenment in Wales
For local govrenment purposes, Wales haes been dividit intae 22 single-tier principal auries syne 1 April 1996.. The principal cooncils are responsible for the proveesion o aw local govrenment services, includin education, social wirk, environment an roads services. Belaw these in some auries there are commonty cooncils, which cover specific auries athin a principal cooncil's aurie.
The principal auries are variously styled as "coonty", "coonty burgh", "ceety" or "ceety an coonty". Housomeivver some auries no styled as a "coonty" hae mistakenly been referred tae as such bi the media, includin bi BBC Wales.
There are sax ceeties in total in Wales: in addition tae the three principal auries wi ceety status, the commonties o Bangor an St Davids hae the status an aw. Ceety status is determined bi letters patent.
Principal auries o Wales 
There are 22 principal areas in Wales, they came into being on 1 April 1996 by virtue of the Local Govrenment (Wales) Act 1994 (1994 c. 19). Eleiven are namit as coonties, includin the Ceeties an Coonties o Cairdiff an Swansea (markt *), an eleiven are styled as coonty burghs (markt †). In 2002 Newport wis grantit ceety status, an the coonty burgh is nou styled as the "Ceety o Newport". Welsh leid forms are given in parentheses, except whaur there is nae Inglis equivalent.
Locations o each cooncil heodquarters are indicatit bi yellae markers.
- Local Government (Wales) Act 1994
- BBC Wales A listing of "each of the 22 Welsh counties". 23.12.05
- BBC Wales North West: Conwy County
- Local Government (Wales) Act 1994, Schedule 1
- London Gazette: . 21 May 2002. Retrieved 5 March 2010. (Inglis)
- Newport City Council. Newport City Council (4 December 2010). Retrieved on 5 Mairch 2011. .
- CIA World Factbook 2002