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About Wales

The Welsh name for their own country is Cymru, which means "fellow countrymen". The name Wales originally meant "stranger" or "foreigner" (the "wall" at the end of the place name "Cornwall" in south-west England has the same meaning): the name was given to the country by the Anglo-Saxons because the people living there (Celts) spoke a different language and had a different way of life from them.

The most famous Welsh poet is Dylan Thomas. Laura Ashley was a Welsh designer who established a chain of shops. Lloyds Bank (now Lloyds TSB) was originally a Welsh bank. Wales has the greatest concentration of castles in western Europe. There is a lot of beautiful scenery, including many attractive mountains, hills, valleys and rivers. There are three National Parks in Wales: Snowdonia, the Brecon Beacons and the Pembrokeshire Coast. The national emblem of Wales is the leek (you can see this on the back of some one pound coins); daffodils are also often as a symbol of the country.

English is the main language spoken in most parts of Wales, but the Welsh language is taught in many of the schools and is spoken by about 20% of the population. Signs and information are usually written in both English and Welsh.

Popular counties for visitors who are looking for a holiday in Wales include: Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire. Such locations as Aberaeron, Cardigan, Llandysul, Aberystwyth, Lampeter, Carmarthen, Swansea and Newcastle Emlyn drawn thousands of visitors each year.

The Welsh economy was once dominated by the coal mining and steel industries. The production of slate (used mainly for roof tiles) was a major industry in the mountains of Snowdonia. These traditional industries have declined; new jobs are being created in industries such as electronics and tourism. Because of the hilly landscapes, much of the land is used for sheep farming, and cattle are reared in the lowland areas.

Wales was formally united with England by Henry the Eighth in 1536. The National Assembly for Wales (often called the Welsh Assembly) was opened in 1999, giving some decision-making powers to an assembly of politicians who are elected locally. Many decisions affecting Welsh people are still made in the Houses of Parliament in London, which includes politicians from all parts of the United Kingdom. For more information about the history of government in Wales, see the Education Information part of the Public Information section of: http://www.wales.gov.uk.

The Welsh economy was once dominated by the coal mining and steel industries. The production of slate (used mainly for roof tiles) was a major industry in the mountains of Snowdonia. These traditional industries have declined; new jobs are being created in industries such as electronics and tourism. Because of the hilly landscapes, much of the land is used for sheep farming, and cattle are reared in the lowland areas.

Wales was formally united with England by Henry the Eighth in 1536. The National Assembly for Wales (often called the Welsh Assembly) was opened in 1999, giving some decision-making powers to an assembly of politicians who are elected locally. Many decisions affecting Welsh people are still made in the Houses of Parliament in London, which includes politicians from all parts of the United Kingdom. For more information about the history of government in Wales, see the Education Information part of the Public Information section of: http://www.wales.gov.uk.

For more details see the following counties of Wales: Blaenau, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Isle of Anglesey, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Neath Port Talbot, Newport, Pembrokeshire, Powys, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Swansea, Torfaen, Vale of Glamorgan, Wrexham,

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Boy, 4, dies in Alltwen house fire and three in hospital
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 13:47:07 GMT - A four-year-old boy has died in a house fire in Neath Port Talbot, emergency services confirm.
 
Consultants' overtime costs soar in Welsh hospitals
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 05:11:26 GMT - Health boards in Wales see overtime costs to cover consultants rocket by 61% in three years, the BBC learns.
 
Rio 2016: Tanni Grey-Thompson wants lifetime Olympic & Paralympic bans for drug cheats
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 14:26:19 GMT - Tanni Grey-Thompson believes athletes who fail a drugs test should be issued an automatic life ban from competing at the Olympics or Paralympics.
 
Emma Baum died from severe head injuries, inquest told
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 14:48:49 GMT - A 22-year-old mother found dead in a rear yard at her home in Gwynedd had suffered severe head injuries, an inquest hears.
 
Six pedigree dachshunds stolen during Swansea burglary
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 12:28:04 GMT - Six pedigree dogs worth thousands of pounds are stolen during a burglary at a Swansea house.
 
Tata Steel: Excalibur buy-out team continues with bid
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 13:37:39 GMT - The team behind the management buy-out of Tata Steel's UK operation confirms it is continuing with its bid for the company.
 
Welsh Ambulance Service 'turns corner' - minister
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 08:34:06 GMT - The ambulance service in Wales turns a corner and its performance is "objectively getting better" according to the health secretary.
 
Elis-Thomas complains about Plaid relations with Labour
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:57:31 GMT - Former Plaid Cymru leader Lord Elis-Thomas criticises his party for "deciding to lead the opposition" rather than working "positively with government".
 
Woman jailed for calling ambulance more than 400 times
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 11:38:44 GMT - A woman who called the ambulance service more than 400 times in the last two years is jailed.
 
Commonwealth Games: Costs of Wales bid seemed skewed, say Plaid
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 16:26:39 GMT - Plaid Cymru asks why ministers think holding the Commonwealth Games in Wales would cost twice as much as the 2014 Glasgow event.
 
Kavos quad bike crash: Delay in waking Harri Jones from coma
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 12:51:52 GMT - Doctors have delayed waking a Wrexham holidaymaker from a coma following a quad bike crash on the Greek island of Corfu because he has a high temperature, friends say.
 
France coach crash drivers face Express Motors probe
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:32:20 GMT - The two drivers of a Gwynedd coach which crashed in eastern France seriously injuring two teenagers will be quizzed by their bosses on Thursday.
 
Rail trespassers caught on CCTV by British Transport Police
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 11:17:43 GMT - British Transport Police releases CCTV footage of young people trespassing on railway lines.
 
Welsh Ambulance Service 'leading way' for UK
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 11:02:21 GMT - Richard Lee, director of operations for the Welsh Ambulance Service, says Wales is now leading the way in the UK for the way the system works.
 
Health Secretary Vaughan Gething shown paramedic's job
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:03:44 GMT - Health Secretary Vaughan Gething is shown around a rapid response vehicle by paramedic Laura Deabreu.
 

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