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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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Lightning strike deaths 'very rare'
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 14:26:33 GMT - Two walkers died after being struck by lightning in the Brecon Beacons during "exceptional weather conditions", a coroner rules.
 
Woman filmed in council HQ showers
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 16:27:48 GMT - A Flintshire council worker films a female colleague taking showers for more than two years at the county's HQ.
 
UK should 'take share' of refugees
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 16:51:08 GMT - The UK should "take its share" of refugees from Syria, Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies says.
 
Cyprus v Wales
Wed, 02 Sep 2015 19:52:57 GMT - Preview followed by live coverage of Thursday's Euro 2016 qualifier between Cyprus and Wales in Nicosia.
 
Mother beaten walking to school
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 16:37:39 GMT - A woman is seriously hurt after being attacked as she walked her children to school in Caernarfon, Gwynedd.
 
Boy, 11, critical after hit by bike
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 13:13:42 GMT - An 11-year-old boy is in a critical condition in hospital after being hit by a motorcyclist who left the scene.
 
Recycling plant fire extinguished
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 15:49:21 GMT - A fire at a Vale of Glamorgan recycling centre is finally put out days after it broke out.
 
US TV giant's boost for Valleywood
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 05:15:20 GMT - A US TV giant is finalising a deal to take over a south Wales film studios which has been largely mothballed for the last eight years.
 
Drugs deaths in Wales drop by 20%
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 10:48:55 GMT - The number of people dying from drugs misuse in Wales falls by 20% to 168 last year, according to latest figures
 
Warburton returns to lead Wales
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 10:00:52 GMT - Sam Warburton is back to captain Wales in their final World Cup warm-up against Italy in Cardiff on Saturday.
 
Brain virus lecturer 'seriously ill'
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 15:04:19 GMT - A north Wales university lecturer remains in a serious condition in hospital after falling ill during a visit to China, her father says.
 
C. diff deaths rate falls in Wales
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 09:59:46 GMT - The number of deaths related to hospital superbug Clostridium difficile falls in Wales, new figures show.
 
Rowers start 230-mile challenge
Wed, 02 Sep 2015 14:05:15 GMT - Members of a Gwynedd rowing club begin a 230-mile (370km) challenge to row a longboat down the west coast to Cardiff Bay.
 
Potato farmers 'producer of decade'
Wed, 02 Sep 2015 12:24:46 GMT - Potato farmers from Pembrokeshire are named producer of the decade at the National Trust fine farm produce awards.
 
Migrant bodies on beach 'routine'
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 11:44:49 GMT - The discovery of migrants' bodies on a Turkish beach is "routine", according to a Welsh man who lives nearby.
 

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