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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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Latest News In Wales

101 non-emergency number restored
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 13:38:39 GMT - The 101 non-emergency number for police forces across Wales is restored following a technical fault.
 
150 weapons given up in gun amnesty
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 09:09:30 GMT - More than 150 weapons are handed over to police during a two-week amnesty.
 
Schools' role in tackling abuse
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 10:05:28 GMT - Schoolchildren should be taught what constitutes a healthy relationship to improve deep-seated attitudes towards violence against women, a senior AM says.
 
Manchester City v Swansea City
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:22:56 GMT - Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Premier League game between Manchester City and Swansea City.
 
Deadline looms for £1bn tidal lagoon
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:45:16 GMT - The deadline is looming for a consultation on plans for the world's first tidal lagoon to generate electricity in Swansea Bay.
 
Doctor joins Ebola fight in Africa
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:35:03 GMT - A north Wales doctor joins a group of NHS volunteers flying to Sierra Leone to fight the deadly Ebola virus.
 
Rail deal impact 'huge', says PM
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:57:58 GMT - A deal agreed to electrify railway lines in the south Wales valleys will have a "huge" impact, the prime minister says.
 
Airbus in £100m investment pledge
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:44:35 GMT - Plane-maker Airbus is investing £100m in research, development and training with £56m for its Flintshire factory.
 
Extra trains to cope with rugby fans
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 10:23:19 GMT - Extra trains are running from Cardiff following the Wales v New Zealand match to cope with the thousands of extra passengers.
 
Cardiff City 2-1 Reading
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:18:29 GMT - Cardiff move to within two points of the Championship play-off places courtesy of a home victory over 10-man Reading.
 
Wales team in anti-gay abuse pledge
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:37:49 GMT - The Wales rugby squad and the Welsh Rugby Union have joined a campaign to help tackle abuse and bullying, two weeks after referee Nigel Owens was subjected to homophobic abuse during a game.
 
Doctors' concern at sickness advice
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:43:22 GMT - A doctors' organisation backs calls to withdraw a controversial leaflet advising parents when to keep sick children home from school.
 
Grandfather denies baby's murder
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:13:58 GMT - The grandfather of a six-week-old baby denies murdering her during an appearance at Cardiff Crown Court.
 
Steel firm to recruit 40 new staff
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:17:13 GMT - Steel firm AIC Steel is to take on 40 new staff by December, taking its workforce to 120.
 
Inquest opens into cannibalism death
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:29:21 GMT - An inquest into the death of Cerys Yemm who was murdered in an act of cannibalism is opened and adjourned.
 

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

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