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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

Medical school cuts plan 'absurd'
Thu, 28 May 2015 05:25:18 GMT - Claims that patients and the NHS will suffer from 'absurd' plans to cut 63 medical academics are denied by the dean of Wales' biggest medical school.
 
Patients's human rights 'violated'
Thu, 28 May 2015 05:28:15 GMT - No-one will be prosecuted after a police investigation into patient care at a hospital's mental health ward, BBC Wales understands.
 
Motorcyclist killed in crash
Thu, 28 May 2015 08:54:09 GMT - Police launch an investigation after a motorcyclist dies in a crash in Pembrokeshire.
 
Man charged after quad bike incident
Thu, 28 May 2015 09:02:41 GMT - A 20-year-old man is charged following a collision between a quad bike and a seven-year-old boy in Rhondda Cynon Taff.
 
'Danger' over future of S4C funding
Thu, 28 May 2015 06:05:43 GMT - There is a real danger that S4C's funding will be shrunk by the Conservative government, a Labour MP warns.
 
Woman, 70, dies in Snowdonia fall
Thu, 28 May 2015 08:36:00 GMT - A 70-year-old woman dies after falling 30ft while walking on a peak in Snowdonia.
 
'Progress' in broadband rollout
Thu, 28 May 2015 05:54:43 GMT - A plan to have superfast broadband rolled out across Wales by the end of 2016 is making 'reasonable progress', a report says.
 
Chain bridge reopens after 30 years
Thu, 28 May 2015 05:41:50 GMT - A north Wales chain bridge, thought to be one of the oldest in the world, reopens after 30 years.
 
£6m to help elderly live at home
Thu, 28 May 2015 06:24:02 GMT - Older people's chances of staying in their own homes are boosted by £6m from the Welsh government.
 
Queen's Speech promises new powers
Wed, 27 May 2015 18:29:27 GMT - Plans to offer wide-ranging new powers to Wales are announced in the Queen's Speech.
 
Man, 71, missing on Isle of Wight
Wed, 27 May 2015 17:00:09 GMT - A pensioner from south Wales is at the centre of a police hunt after vanishing during a coach holiday to the Isle of Wight.
 
103-year-old twins die weeks apart
Wed, 27 May 2015 15:27:38 GMT - Twins Glenys Thomas and Florence Davies die just weeks apart after living entire lives together.
 
Hotel and flats plan for stadium
Wed, 27 May 2015 07:12:20 GMT - Plans for a hotel, flats, offices and conference facilities linked to Cardiff's Millennium Stadium are unveiled by the Welsh Rugby Union.
 
Injured puppy discovered on bus
Wed, 27 May 2015 10:11:51 GMT - An injured puppy is discovered travelling on a Swansea bus.
 
Man struck by ride at fairground
Wed, 27 May 2015 13:18:22 GMT - A man is taken to hospital after being struck by a fairground ride on Barmouth promenade.
 

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