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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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Latest News In Wales

'Be alert' advice as UK terror threat level reduced
Sat, 27 May 2017 16:57:51 GMT - Police forces say more armed police will still be in city centres but people should not be alarmed.
 
Wales aims for joint bid for 2022 Commonwealth Games
Sat, 27 May 2017 05:37:53 GMT - Wales wants Commonwealth Games bosses to change their "one host city" rule permanently so they can consider hosting.
 
Two rescued from capsized catamaran off Llanfairfechan
Sat, 27 May 2017 17:06:32 GMT - A member of the public reported seeing two people in the water from the promenade.
 
Wrexham vigil for Manchester victims heckler sentenced
Sat, 27 May 2017 12:35:02 GMT - He shouted obscenities during a minute's silence for the victims of the Manchester bombing.
 
Bangor University match for 'murdered' player Henry Esin
Sat, 27 May 2017 14:43:36 GMT - The 27-year-old played for several teams in the Bangor and Anglesey area.
 
Wales' bank holiday beachgoers urged to 'take care'
Sat, 27 May 2017 05:39:20 GMT - Lifeguards will begin their seasonal service on two Denbighshire beaches on Saturday.
 
Pro12 final: Munster v Scarlets (Sat)
Sat, 27 May 2017 16:53:09 GMT - Match report to follow.
 
Labour's Jones downplays terror link with foreign policy
Fri, 26 May 2017 20:50:04 GMT - Carwyn Jones downplays Jeremy Corbyn's idea that foreign policy change can reduce risk of terrorism.
 
Ex-hotel manager from Swansea filmed child abuse on webcam
Fri, 26 May 2017 15:30:39 GMT - The 32-year-old is jailed for sexually abusing children under the age of 13 over a number of years.
 
'Don't give May blank cheque on Brexit' says Lib Dem
Fri, 26 May 2017 20:59:52 GMT - Welsh Lib Dem leader Mark Williams says the public should have final say on deal to leave the EU.
 
Concern about number of complaints against health board
Fri, 26 May 2017 14:25:21 GMT - Betsi Cadwaladr health board pays out £62,000 after complaints - more than other health boards combined.
 
Driver jailed after motorcyclist and passenger die in crash
Fri, 26 May 2017 11:05:05 GMT - Lawrence Lougher was found guilty of causing the deaths of a motorcyclist and his passenger on the A470 in 2015.
 
Armed police welcomed by public after Manchester attack
Sat, 27 May 2017 16:44:06 GMT - There are high visibility patrols across Wales this bank holiday weekend.
 
Carwyn Jones: No room for negotiation with terrorists
Fri, 26 May 2017 20:46:59 GMT - First Minister Carwyn Jones downplays the link between British involvement in foreign conflicts and terror attacks in the UK.
 
Brexit: We can't understate enormity, says Lib Dem Williams
Fri, 26 May 2017 20:59:27 GMT - Voters should not give Theresa May "a blank cheque" over the Brexit negotiations, Welsh Lib Dem leader Mark Williams says.
 

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