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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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Brexit: Time to sell Wales to the world - Carwyn Jones
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:57:53 GMT - Brexit means it is time to sell Wales to the world "like never before", the first minister says, as officials are appointed to represent Wales in EU negotiations.
 
Pair jailed for pug pup theft in Abergavenny
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:55:29 GMT - A father and son are jailed for the violent theft of a pedigree pug puppy from a dog breeder in Monmouthshire.
 
840 illegal entry arrests by Welsh police since 2013
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 10:13:08 GMT - Police arrested 840 people suspected of illegally entering Wales over the past three years, new figures show.
 
Martin Rhys-Jones jailed in US for conning investors
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 06:08:39 GMT - A Cardiff man is sentenced to six years in prison in the United States after admitting money laundering in a $2.9m fraud.
 
Ex-GHA Coaches employees could seek compensation
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:48:16 GMT - Former employees of a collapsed Wrexham bus company contact lawyers about making a compensation claim.
 
Foreign investment up in Wales before Brexit vote
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:55:47 GMT - More than 5,000 new jobs were created in Wales by foreign firms before the referendum, government figures show.
 
Ex-Whitland Creamery site housing plans set for refusal
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 05:46:15 GMT - Plans to build 28 new homes on a derelict dairy site are set to be refused by Carmarthenshire council.
 
Motorcyclist seriously injured after Bryneglwys A5104 crash
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 06:38:56 GMT - A motorcyclist suffers "life-changing" injuries following a crash with a car in Denbighshire.
 
A55 three-vehicle crash causing hold-ups at Ewloe cleared
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 09:51:29 GMT - A three-vehicle crash which led to hold-ups on the A55 in Flintshire is cleared.
 
Man in court over alleged Pensarn beach sex attack
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 12:05:21 GMT - A man charged with kidnap, rape and wounding after an alleged attack at a beach in north Wales, is remanded in custody by magistrates.
 
'Raise age of criminal responsibility if powers are devolved'
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 12:14:31 GMT - The age of criminal responsibility should be raised from 10 to 12 to prevent criminalising children at a young age, a Plaid Cymru assembly member says.
 
Bridgend centre traffic plan to boost trade and access
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 11:25:09 GMT - Traffic could be reintroduced to pedestrianised areas of Bridgend town centre to provide better access and boost trade.
 
Carwyn Jones says single market access absolutely fundamental
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:56:36 GMT - Access to the European Union's single market is "absolutely fundamental" following Brexit, Carwyn Jones has said.
 
Illegal entry arrests: Jeff Cuthbert says increase no surprise
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 10:11:59 GMT - Police have arrested 840 people suspected of illegally entering Wales over the past three years, new figures show.
 
Ely bread riots 25 years on: 'Everybody tarred' by unrest
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:28:19 GMT - It is 25 years since a dispute between two shopkeepers over the sale of bread sparked riots in Cardiff.
 

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