Llanelli [ ɬanɛɬi ] is a coastal town in the county of Carmarthenshire, Wales. It lies about 13 km from Swansea, the second largest Welsh city.


Previously, only a small town, Llanelli grew in the 18th and 19th century by coal mining and later quickly by the steel industry.

The closing of the coal mines and the hard competition of global steel producers led for Llanelli in the late 70s the 20th century, as also for many other cities südwalisische to become an economic slump.


2001, there were 44 465 people according to the census in Llanelli.

The inhabitants are sometimes referred to as Turks. An explanation for this could be that many Turkish sailors headed for the port of the city during their previous trip.

Culture and Sport

Llanelli was five times (1895, 1903, 1930, 1962, 2000), host of the Eisteddfod, a Welsh festival of literature, music and song. Llanelli is considered a stronghold of rugby union; Scarlets team plays in the professional league Pro 12 and bear its home games at Parc Y Scarlets.