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Powys (usually pronounced /ˈpaʊ.ɪs/[1] in English; in Welsh: [ˈpowɪs]) is a local-government county and preserved county in Wales.

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Geography

Powys covers the historic counties of Montgomeryshire and Radnorshire, most of Brecknockshire (Breconshire), and a small part of Denbighshire — an area of 5,196 km², making it the largest county in Wales by land area.

It is bounded to the north by Gwynedd, Denbighshire and Wrexham; to the west by Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire; to the east by Shropshire and Herefordshire; and to the south by Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr Tydfil, Caerphilly, Blaenau Gwent, Monmouthshire and Neath Port Talbot.

Most of Powys is mountainous, with north-south transportation by car being difficult.

The majority of the Powys population is made up of small villages and towns. The largest towns are Newtown, Ystradgynlais and Brecon, with populations of 12,783, 9,004, and 7,901 respectively (2001).

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