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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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Poor asylum seeker housing conditions criticised
Sun, 04 Dec 2016 06:41:09 GMT - The sub-standard condition of some housing for asylum seekers in Wales is "an accident waiting to happen", according to the Welsh Refugee Coalition.
 
'Hope' Welsh Government not trying to frustrate Brexit in appeal case
Sun, 04 Dec 2016 06:49:12 GMT - The Welsh secretary says he hopes that the Welsh Government is not trying to frustrate Brexit in its involvement in the Article 50 Supreme Court appeal.
 
Gwynedd's tourist offices to be run by community
Sun, 04 Dec 2016 07:08:06 GMT - Gwynedd is home to a £1bn tourism industry but cuts mean communities are fighting to keep information offices open.
 
Rhyl RNLI station's £2m lifeboat 'an exciting new chapter'
Sun, 04 Dec 2016 15:26:17 GMT - A new £2.2m lifeboat is set to be be used off the north Wales coast from Rhyl.
 
Wales' top-paid locum doctor paid £183,000 in 2015-16
Sat, 03 Dec 2016 18:15:32 GMT - Wales' top-earning locum doctor was paid £183,000 in 2015-16, with the amount spent on temporary workers across Wales doubling in three years.
 
Ministers criticised for not enough Senedd debates
Sat, 03 Dec 2016 10:45:14 GMT - The Welsh Government is criticised for reading out "statement after statement" in the Senedd and not holding enough debates.
 
Spanish Civil War volunteers 'risked all to fight fascism'
Sat, 03 Dec 2016 14:47:29 GMT - The first minister pays tribute to the Welsh volunteers who fought for the International Brigade in the Spanish Civil War which began 80 years ago.
 
Church in Wales premieres sexuality acceptance film
Sat, 03 Dec 2016 07:30:22 GMT - Clergy speak out in a film to encourage acceptance of people's different sexuality.
 
Man airlifted to hospital after Yr Elen Snowdonia fall
Sat, 03 Dec 2016 17:41:53 GMT - A man in his 60s is airlifted to hospital with rib and back injuries after falling while walking in Snowdonia.
 
Calls to protect Cardigan Bay from scallop dredging
Sat, 03 Dec 2016 15:53:40 GMT - Around 300 people sign a petition calling on the Welsh Government to protect Cardigan Bay from scallop dredging.
 
Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 Swansea City
Sat, 03 Dec 2016 17:29:20 GMT - Tottenham consolidate their position on the fringes of the Premier League top four with a commanding win over struggling Swansea.
 
Escort killer's £20m divorce plan to stay with lover
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:40:48 GMT - A millionaire accused of murdering his escort lover told police he had been ready to split his £20m fortune to stay with her, a court hears.
 
100 years since David Lloyd George became prime minister
Sun, 04 Dec 2016 12:43:39 GMT - It is 100 years since David Lloyd George became the first and only Welsh prime minister
 
Asylum seekers 'still human' says man critical of poor homes
Sun, 04 Dec 2016 06:47:58 GMT - An asylum seeker who says he has made several complaints about the state of his provided accommodation says people like him should not have to live in such poor conditions.
 
Poor asylum seeker homes 'an accident waiting to happen'
Sun, 04 Dec 2016 06:47:52 GMT - The sub-standard condition of some housing for asylum seekers in Wales is "an accident waiting to happen", the Welsh Refugee Coalition says.
 

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