Mnemonic: welsh_skills_write
Applicability: Person
Type: Derived variable


This classifies a person as being able to "Write Welsh". They may have also ticked one or more of the following:

  • understand spoken Welsh
  • speak Welsh
  • read Welsh

In results that classify people by Welsh language skills, a person may appear in more than one category depending on which combination of skills they have.


Total number of categories: 3

Code Name
1 Can write Welsh
0 Cannot write Welsh
-8 Does not apply*

*Students and schoolchildren living away during term-time, people who do not live in Wales, and children aged 2 years and under.


Read about how we developed and tested the questions for Census 2021.

Comparability with the 2011 Census

Highly comparable

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England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland comparisons

Country specific

What does country specific mean?

This variable has only been produced for Census 2021 in England and Wales.

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