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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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A&E safety risks 'unacceptable', first minister warned
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:38:11 GMT - Hospital safety is being "compromised to an unacceptable degree", Welsh emergency consultants warn.
 
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Cardiff Castle
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:16:20 GMT - Hundreds of people turn out to greet the couple on their first official visit to Wales.
 
Staff safety fears at Wrexham's HMP Berwyn super-prison
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 07:19:07 GMT - Less than a year after it opened, some staff at the £250m HMP Berwyn claim it is unsafe.
 
Old Vicarage nursing home blaze leaves six in hospital
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:49:17 GMT - Eight fire crews tackled the blaze after evacuating residents in the early hours.
 
Wenvoe nurse Andrew Lauder struck off over groping women
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:48:20 GMT - A nurse who was jailed for sexually assaulting four women in hospital is struck off.
 
Over 400 arrests in drink-driving crackdown in Wales
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:22:14 GMT - A Christmas campaign saw hundreds of people arrested for drink and drug driving across Wales.
 
Ticketline UK: Cardiff council and museum owed thousands
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:10:33 GMT - Cardiff Council and National Museum of Wales face losing thousands over Ticketline (UK) collapse
 
Drivers warned of icy stretches, hail, sleet across Wales
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:33:17 GMT - Icy stretches are expected to form on Thursday night lasting into Friday morning.
 
Pontypridd student's stair fall death 'accidental'
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:25:26 GMT - Luke Johns, from Pontypridd, had drunk alcohol and taken MDMA before he fell, an inquest heard.
 
Car overturns near Bryn with one killed and three injured
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:21:57 GMT - The incident happened near Bryn when a car carrying four people left the road and overturned.
 
Complaints about Welsh language will not be handled by Ombudsman
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:19:55 GMT - "Difficulties outweigh the benefits" of change to handling of complaints about language provision.
 
Newport police in plea about Anthony Bubbins' movements
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:29:45 GMT - The body of Anthony Bubbins, 57, was found at a house in Newport on Monday.
 
Cheers for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Cardiff Castle
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:33:03 GMT - Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are greeted by hundreds of well-wishers on their first official visit to Wales.
 
Royal visit: Fans invite Meghan Markle on Cardiff hen do
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:36:35 GMT - Crowds gather to see Prince Harry and Megan Markle as they visit Cardiff.
 
NHS Wales: 'Not enough flex' in system
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:21:11 GMT - Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said lessons had to be learned from pressures felt by the health service this winter.
 

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