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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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'Caring and doting' father beat baby
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:54:58 GMT - A "caring and doting" father broken his daughter's neck and damaged her spine after shaking her, swinging her by the legs and sitting on her, a court hears.
 
Rigby killer studied in west Wales
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:15:56 GMT - One of two men who murdered Fusilier Lee Rigby in London last year studied at an Islamic college in west Wales, a report finds.
 
Ten nominees for BBC Wales award
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:52:39 GMT - Now in its 60th year, contenders for BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year 2014 are announced, with voting to open on 1 December.
 
NHS cancer delay 'prevented cure'
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:02:39 GMT - A terminally ill woman would have been cured of her cancer had she been diagnosed earlier, according to an expert witness at Cardiff High Court.
 
Paedophile foster carer is jailed
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:07:06 GMT - A "champion" foster carer is jailed for seven and a half years for a string of sex offences against children.
 
Jones 'surprised' by pay hike plan
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:11:40 GMT - First Minister Carwyn Jones says he "can't see how" Labour can support proposals for a £10,000 pay rise for Welsh assembly members.
 
Rhino horn in smuggled medicine
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:58:06 GMT - A woman has been fined more than £2,000 for trying to smuggle Chinese medicines which contained ground rhinoceros horn and other banned animal products, the Border Force says.
 
MP faces challenge to defend seat
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:15:14 GMT - MP Ann Clwyd faces a challenge from three other women to defend Cynon Valley for Labour at the 2015 General election.
 
Record level of MMR vaccinations
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:23:40 GMT - The number of children who have had the MMR jab - to protect against measles, mumps and rubella - reaches a record level in Wales.
 
Bill may focus on women victims
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:08:08 GMT - A bill to combat domestic violence in Wales may have its name changed to stress the plight of women as victims.
 
Man injured in level crossing crash
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:10:54 GMT - A man in his 80s is in hospital after a train hit a car at level crossing at Harlech, Gwynedd.
 
Drugs gang leader gets 10 years
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:45:38 GMT - Drugs gang leader gets 10 years and eight others are sentenced for their part in a criminal enterprise which turned over £84,000 a month in south Wales.
 
Row over children's graves tributes
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:04:00 GMT - Calls for a Wales-wide law over what tributes can be put on children's graves are made after one Welsh council removed personal items from cemeteries and sent them to landfill sites.
 
Fans withdraw Mackay honorary role
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:25:39 GMT - Former Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay has his honorary membership of the club's supporters' trust withdrawn over his text messages scandal.
 
Complaint over hand-on-hip rebuke
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:00:00 GMT - The Liberal Democrats formally complain to the assembly's presiding officer for telling one of their AMs to take her hand off her hip while speaking in the Senedd.
 

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