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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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Latest News In Wales

Tata considers bids for UK steel plants
Tue, 24 May 2016 23:02:09 GMT - Business Secretary Sajid Javid and Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones are in Mumbai for a Tata board meeting to discuss bids for its UK steel operations.
 
Family who held 'modern slave' jailed
Tue, 24 May 2016 17:02:11 GMT - Three family members are jailed for forcing a man to do heavy labour in "appalling conditions" while a fourth is locked up for kidnap.
 
City bans alcohol for England v Wales
Tue, 24 May 2016 19:42:38 GMT - England and Wales fans cannot drink in the streets of Lens around their sides' Euro 2016 game.
 
Work to recover Didcot bodies 'scandal'
Tue, 24 May 2016 17:49:38 GMT - Contractors trying to retrieve the bodies of three men killed in the Didcot power station collapse, including one from Swansea, halt their search.
 
NHS doctor joined Islamic State group
Tue, 24 May 2016 16:00:04 GMT - An NHS doctor, who previously worked in Wales, has left his family in the UK and joined the Islamic State group in Syria, the BBC learns from leaked IS recruitment papers.
 
UKIP AM's sexist language unacceptable
Tue, 24 May 2016 13:59:18 GMT - UKIP AM Neil Hamilton is told off by Presiding Officer Elin Jones for his sexist language towards two women AMs.
 
Hepatitis A outbreak hits second school
Tue, 24 May 2016 16:48:13 GMT - Two new cases of hepatitis A are confirmed, following an outbreak at a school in Caerphilly county.
 
Father 'let down' by health profession
Tue, 24 May 2016 18:25:14 GMT - The father of a "troubled woman" who died in hospital tells an inquest he felt let down by the health profession.
 
Lagoon developer's £300m re-tender
Tue, 24 May 2016 17:20:11 GMT - The developer behind Swansea Bay's planned tidal lagoon power plant is re-tendering a £300m contract after parting company with a Chinese firm.
 
Hundreds flock to take on farm for £1
Tue, 24 May 2016 13:52:26 GMT - Hundreds of people apply to rent out a £1m farm in north Wales for a peppercorn rent.
 
Uni's Mauritius campus is 'madness'
Tue, 24 May 2016 10:40:39 GMT - Aberystwyth University's Mauritius campus is criticised by its former vice-chancellor after just 40 students enrol in the first two terms.
 
Firm 'not at fault' over submerged cars
Tue, 24 May 2016 11:30:41 GMT - The firm which controls access to a Flintshire beach where more than 20 cars were submerged by a high tide says it is not at fault.
 
What does it means for Wales?
Tue, 05 Apr 2016 09:28:44 GMT - All you need to know about Wales, its relationship with the EU and the coming referendum
 
Held for 26 years as a 'modern slave'
Tue, 24 May 2016 16:27:44 GMT - What toll does "modern slavery" take on a man forced to live in appalling conditions?
 
WW1 Belgian sanctuary in Welsh town
Sun, 22 May 2016 12:40:16 GMT - Remembering 66 Belgians who found sanctuary in Rhyl during WW1
 

The latest stories from the Wales section of the BBC News web site.

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