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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

Ex-Wales player in football fraud probe
Wed, 04 May 2016 16:42:28 GMT - Former Wales footballer Mark Aizlewood is one of six men charged in connection with a multi-million pound fraud involving football-based apprentice schemes.
 
Doctors accused of killing boy, 12
Wed, 04 May 2016 15:07:41 GMT - Two GPs go on trial accused of the manslaughter of a 12-year-old boy after they failed to diagnose a disease he was suffering with.
 
Girl saved from choking on grape
Wed, 04 May 2016 10:18:40 GMT - Quick-thinking teachers saved a five-year-old girl from choking on a grape.
 
Councillor denies anti-Semitism
Wed, 04 May 2016 12:51:08 GMT - A Newport councillor suspended from the Labour Party denies he is anti-Semitic.
 
Refuge plan for Anglesey biomass site
Wed, 04 May 2016 12:54:36 GMT - The firm behind plans to build a £1bn food and power plant on Anglesey also hopes to open a short-stay centre for human-trafficking victims on the site.
 
Murder arrest after woman's body found
Wed, 04 May 2016 11:31:45 GMT - A man is arrested on suspicion of murder after a 75-year-old woman's body was found in Caerphilly county.
 
Tata to look at potential bids
Wed, 04 May 2016 05:37:39 GMT - Tata Steel will begin looking at what prospective buyers of its loss-making UK business are prepared to offer after receiving letters of intent.
 
Boy arrested after poppies destroyed
Wed, 04 May 2016 15:53:20 GMT - A 14-year-old boy is arrested after thousands of pounds worth of remembrance poppies were destroyed in Gwynedd.
 
Primary schools under threat of closure
Wed, 04 May 2016 12:01:12 GMT - Up to four primary schools in the Aberaeron area could close as Ceredigion council looks to save money and reduce surplus places
 
Teacher brothers charged over images
Tue, 03 May 2016 17:17:15 GMT - Two brothers who worked as teachers in Gwynedd are charged with possessing and making indecent images of children.
 
Men jailed for fake police kidnapping
Tue, 03 May 2016 17:39:44 GMT - Three men are jailed for posing as police officers in a car with blue flashing lights and kidnapping a mid Wales businessman.
 
Closure-threatened school is saved
Tue, 03 May 2016 20:43:49 GMT - A closure-threatened primary in Flintshire is set to be saved as a secondary school agrees to take it under its wing.
 
What does it means for Wales?
Tue, 05 Apr 2016 09:28:44 GMT - All you need to know about Wales, its relationship with the EU and the coming referendum
 
Steeling the industry
Wed, 04 May 2016 07:09:37 GMT - Steel workers in Port Talbot are optimistic about the future
 
Conservation prize for saving species
Wed, 04 May 2016 05:29:53 GMT - A conservationist brings back at least nine species from the brink of extinction
 

The latest stories from the Wales section of the BBC News web site.

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