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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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Budget set for final vote in assembly
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 06:13:41 GMT - A final vote by AMs on the Welsh government's last budget before the assembly election will be held later.
 
Power restored after Storm Imogen
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 07:17:46 GMT - Homes which lost electricity during Storm Imogen have power restored as the clean-up is under way.
 
Students perform for prince and stars
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 07:17:54 GMT - Students from Cardiff's Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama perform at palace for Prince Charles, Dame Shirley Bassey and Michael Sheen.
 
Swift action call on online abuse
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 06:26:52 GMT - Swift action needs to be taken as soon as online hate messages are reported by children, a charity says.
 
Wales 'leads way' tackling homeless
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 06:30:40 GMT - Wales is at the forefront of tackling homelessness with "more progressive" legislation than anywhere in the UK, an expert says.
 
Aviva 'to fund Circuit of Wales'
Mon, 08 Feb 2016 18:32:41 GMT - Insurance giant Aviva is expected to be confirmed as the financial backers of the Circuit of Wales in Ebbw Vale, BBC Wales understands.
 
Historic monuments set to be protected
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 07:04:34 GMT - A new law to protect historic monuments and buildings in Wales from being damaged is set to be passed by the assembly.
 
'Body in carpet' killing appeal begins
Mon, 08 Feb 2016 20:40:59 GMT - Two men jailed for killing a Cardiff teenager later found wrapped in a carpet launch appeals against their convictions.
 
Trade union bill advice 'embarrassing'
Mon, 08 Feb 2016 16:48:51 GMT - The UK government is urged to drop plans to restrict public sector strikes in Wales, after a leaked letter suggests ministers accept they have a "very weak case".
 
Army recruit 'took earlier overdose'
Mon, 08 Feb 2016 18:33:04 GMT - Inquest hears teenage soldier took an overdose several years before she died as the family lawyer claims there may have been "third party involvement" in the death.
 
Alex Jones fan handed banning order
Mon, 08 Feb 2016 14:23:08 GMT - A fan who bombarded BBC presenter Alex Jones with tweets declaring he was in love with her is banned from any contact with her.
 
Legal highs lead to 'horrific' injuries
Mon, 08 Feb 2016 19:22:34 GMT - Legal highs smuggled into Cardiff Prison lead to "horrific, self-inflicted injuries", according to a new report.
 
'Critical' that people register to vote
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 12:46:58 GMT - The assembly's presiding officer urges people to make sure they are registered to vote in May's elections.
 
The start of schooling as we know it
Sun, 31 Jan 2016 12:07:27 GMT - Local government expert Jeff Jones looks at the big change to schooling in Wales nearly 150 years ago.
 
A class apart: Welsh schools post '99
Mon, 25 Jan 2016 10:37:05 GMT - Political Correspondent Arwyn Jones explores how education has changed since devolution, as part of the BBC’s How Wales Works season.
 

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