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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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Man jailed after door banging death
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:02:54 GMT - A hammer-wielding drug addict is jailed after a woman suffered a heart attack and died when she was terrorised in her own home.
 
400 jobs saved in oil refinery sale
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:48:56 GMT - A sale is agreed on the closure-threatened Murco oil refinery in Milford Haven, safeguarding 400 jobs.
 
Iconic Snowdon views set for sale
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:30:06 GMT - Some of the best known views of Wales' tallest mountain could soon be up for sale.
 
Firefighters to strike over eight days
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:17:10 GMT - Firefighters in England and Wales are to stage a new series of strikes over eight days from 9 August in a row over conditions.
 
Council chief punished over n-word
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:15:22 GMT - The deputy leader of Powys Council is "severely reprimanded" for using racially offensive language in a meeting.
 
Perilous paths on Snowdon made safer
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:00:05 GMT - Work is under way to remove false paths from Snowdon, as a coroner says they leave walkers "in peril".
 
One-in-10 Welsh children is obese
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:25:29 GMT - Over a quarter of Welsh children starting primary school are overweight - with more than one in 10 classed as obese, say public health officials.
 
Weightlifter held over Games attack
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:18:24 GMT - An Australian weightlifter has been detained by police following an assault on a Welsh athlete in the Commonwealth Games athletes' village.
 
Giant wind farm plan is scrapped
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:34:12 GMT - A massive wind farm planned for the Irish Sea - with 440 turbines covering an area the size of Anglesey - is scrapped.
 
Walker dies after fall on Snowdon
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:25:36 GMT - A man is dead following a 200ft fall while walking just below the summit of Snowdon.
 
Estate agency to be sold for £16.5m
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:19:26 GMT - Wales' biggest estate agent chain Peter Alan is being sold by the building society Principality for £16.5m.
 
Missing asthma checks 'risks lives'
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:57:38 GMT - A third of asthma sufferers in Wales are risking their lives by not having an annual check, health campaigners warn.
 
Cardiff march clash images released
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:03:56 GMT - CCTV images are released of people police want to speak to after violence erupts during a march through Cardiff city centre.
 
After Blue Monday, seize Thursday
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:08:16 GMT - You might have heard of Blue Monday, well now at the end of July it's been designated Carpe Diem Day - Seize The Day Thursday.
 
Arts bid for Victorian tram sheds
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:20:39 GMT - Push to turn historic tram and trolley bus sheds in Cardiff into a new arts and culture centre for the Welsh capital.
 

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