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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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Two babies die in 'tragic accident' in Wildmill, Bridgend
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 14:46:33 GMT - The siblings, who were two of a set of triplets, were found not breathing at a house in Bridgend.
 
M4 relief road could end up in courts, Labour AM says
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 05:35:55 GMT - There could be a legal challenge over the new motorway, a Labour AM claims.
 
Porthcawl Elvis festival set to attract 35,000 fans
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:02:16 GMT - This year's Elvis festival coincides with the 40th anniversary of the death of the rock'n'roll star.
 
Motorbike and caravan crash on A470 near Rhayader
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 14:05:37 GMT - Police advise motorists to avoid A470 in Powys which is blocked following a serious collision.
 
Pendine Sands ready for land speed record attempts
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 11:59:33 GMT - Records will be attempted on a Welsh beach where the famous Blue Bird broke the land speed record.
 
Attempt to rescue stricken yacht off Moelfre, Anglesey
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 14:51:47 GMT - Lifeboat crews are trying to rescue a stricken yacht taking on water off Anglesey.
 
Newport's M4 Brynglas tunnel and train line closure alert
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 07:28:56 GMT - Traffic in Newport is expected to be heavy this weekend as part of the M4 shuts and trains are reduced.
 
Helfa Gelf trail welcomes visitors into artists' studios
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 10:42:41 GMT - Artists open up their studios for one last weekend across north Wales for Helfa Gelf event.
 
Wrexham hosts WW1 exhibition, Windows on the World
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 14:15:28 GMT - Welsh soldiers' efforts in Egypt and Palestine during WW1 are marked on 100th anniversary.
 
Arriva Trains Wales reports 'huge rise' in commuters
Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:33:40 GMT - Passengers complain about overcrowding as rail firm sees a "huge rise" in travellers in south Wales.
 
New bus driver killed woman in Bridgend crash
Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:52:06 GMT - Jay Stolzenberg shunted a parked car on to Glenys Thomas, 76, outside a retail park.
 
World War One poetry in Wrexham Museum exhibition
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 14:19:20 GMT - Poem written by Captain John More, 6th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers, while serving overseas in 1917.
 
Newport's M4 relief road is 'not way to cut congestion'
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 09:43:30 GMT - Plans for a £1.1bn M4 relief road around Newport will not ease traffic congestion, an AM claims.
 
Land speed records attempted on Pendine Sands beach
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 11:58:28 GMT - Speed fanatics will try to emulate Sir Malcolm Campbell and set world records in Carmarthenshire.
 
Owain Doull: Welshman looking forward to elite road race
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 11:38:28 GMT - Wales' Owain Doull is excited about his first elite road race as the track cyclist prepares to compete for Team GB at Road World Championships
 

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