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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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GP shortage could shut practice
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:15:01 GMT - Health officials are due to make a decision on whether to close a doctors' surgery in Gwynedd amid concern over recruiting GPs.
 
Hope for son who vanished in 2004
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:05:55 GMT - The mother of a man who went missing on a golfing trip exactly 10 years ago says she has not given up hope of seeing him again.
 
'Window of opportunity' for Wales
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:55:25 GMT - Wales now has a "window of opportunity" to rebalance wealth and power in the UK, Plaid Cymru's leader is expected to tell her party's conference later.
 
Law change call for sex messages
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:48:50 GMT - Campaigners want it to be made illegal for adults to send sexual messages to children.
 
228 firefighter jobs under threat
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:00:31 GMT - More than 220 firefighters' jobs could be lost in north Wales if funding is not increased over the next five years, bosses warn.
 
'Wales' oldest woman' dies aged 109
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:14:51 GMT - A woman believed to be the oldest in Wales has died aged 109 after a short illness.
 
Questions over student Nida's death
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:46:07 GMT - Questions still surround the death of a teenager who went missing after leaving her home barefoot in the middle of the winter, an inquest hears.
 
Bid to inspire more to study science
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:21:20 GMT - The Welsh head of the project behind the search for the so-called God particle joins a campaign to encourage more pupils to study science.
 
Ex-councillor's RAF aircraft charge
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:39:57 GMT - A former Anglesey councillor and prominent businessman has been charged with 13 offences relating to endangering RAF aircraft, BBC Wales learns.
 
'Cowboy' builder behind £1.5m fraud
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:45:31 GMT - A rogue builder who defrauded homeowners of up to £1.5m in Bristol and south Wales over a two-year period is jailed for five years.
 
£20m deal to create up to 40 jobs
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:04:38 GMT - A Carmarthenshire firm agrees a deal in the United Arab Emirates worth up to £20m which will create up to 40 jobs.
 
Officer arrested over 'sex assault'
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:31:04 GMT - A police officer is arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman, Dyfed-Powys Police confirms.
 
Alice characters to give town tours
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:42:16 GMT - Characters from the Alice in Wonderland books will guide visitors on a tour of Llandudno in a new app.
 
Photos of Pembroke bombings found
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:25:54 GMT - New WW2 photos show the damage caused to tankers
 
Passenger dies in two-car crash
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:44:32 GMT - One man dies and another seriously injured after a two-car crash near Felinheli, Gwynedd.
 

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