is the smallest country of the United Kingdom. It is divided into thirteen counties and the capital city is Cardiff. Wales has important mining and industrial areas, especially in the South of the country and picturesque mountains in the North. Welsh, a Celtic language, is still used by people in some parts of the country. The media encourages the use of Welsh at school as a value to be trasmitted to younger generations. The most important literary figure from Wales is the poet Dylan Thomas. Each year there is a festival in Wales called "The national Eisteddford" based on a poetry competition, dancing and music. It takes place in the Welsh language.