Well-being objective 12: Promote Welsh language and culture
So why is this important?
Carmarthenshire is a stronghold for the Welsh language and is considered to be of high strategic importance in its future.
Bilingualism is beneficial to both the economy and individuals through cognitive and social benefits.
It is a unique selling point. Tourist and hospitality industries throughout Europe are now realising the importance of offering unique experiences. Having two languages and a sense of Welsh history and culture places Carmarthenshire in a strong position.
Engaging in cultural activity has demonstrable positive impact on starting well, living well and ageing well.
Why should this concern us?
According to the results of the 2019/20 National Survey for Wales 37.4% of people in Carmarthenshire said that they spoke Welsh. (Based on a sample of 12,400 in Wales)
The 2011 Census showed that the number of Welsh speakers in Carmarthenshire had reduced to 43.9% compared to 50.1% in 2001.