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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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Calls for Welsh mothers' mental health unit
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 05:47:40 GMT - A specialist mother and baby mental health unit should in Wales should be reinstated, a charity says.
 
Jones: Leader change 'last thing needed' during Brexit
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 05:52:21 GMT - The last thing that should happen during Brexit is a sudden change of government in Wales, the first minister says.
 
Gorseinion man hit by falling lights named as Gerald Macey
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 20:23:06 GMT - A man who was killed by falling traffic lights is named as Gerald Macey as a driver is arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
 
Fire crews tackle grass blaze on Penrhys mountain
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 20:18:17 GMT - Crews are tackling a 20-acre grass fire on Penrhys mountain, Rhondda Cynon Taff.
 
Gareth Bale: Wales boss Chris Coleman defends forward in ill-tempered draw
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 10:57:28 GMT - Wales boss Chris Coleman defends Gareth Bale and his team-mates after ill-tempered draw with the Republic of Ireland.
 
Man, 19, dies after Llancynfelyn, Ceredigion car crash
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 17:31:06 GMT - A 19-year-old man dies after a car crash in Ceredigion, Dyfed-Powys Police says.
 
BBC film crew spots wanted drug smuggler Terrence Earle
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 07:02:50 GMT - One of Wales' most wanted criminals was caught after he blundered into BBC cameras filming abroad, it is revealed.
 
London attacker's mum's Carmarthenshire home searched
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:42:38 GMT - A Carmarthenshire home searched as part of investigations into the London terror attack belongs to the attacker's mother.
 
New Hitachi express train's first Welsh test journey
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 13:15:42 GMT - The new intercity express train completes its first test journey in Wales.
 
Stephanie Booth crushed to death by tractor in Llangar
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:39:29 GMT - A hotelier who starred in a TV series was crushed to death when a tractor toppled on top of her, an inquest hears.
 
London attack candlelit vigil at Senedd, Cardiff Bay
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:48:11 GMT - A candlelit vigil is held in Cardiff to pay tribute to the victims of the London terror attack.
 
Prison warning for Buckley man who shot himself in the foot
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:41:58 GMT - A Flintshire man who shot himself in the foot is told to expect a long prison sentence.
 
Mothers' mental health service 'scandal'
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 05:51:29 GMT - A Plaid Cymru AM has said it is a "scandal" that mothers with mental health needs cannot have them fully met in Wales.
 
Carwyn Jones: Labour ministers ending child burial charges
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 15:56:02 GMT - First Minister Carwyn Jones announces that child burial fees will end in Wales.
 
Jeremy Corbyn: Attlee didn't say park those grand ideas
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 13:18:29 GMT - Jeremy Corbyn tells the Welsh Labour conference we should not be afraid of debt or borrowing.
 

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