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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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English region powers 'better fit'
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 14:12:30 GMT - Giving more power to regions of England is the answer to the future of the UK, Wales' first minister says after Scotland rejects independence.
 
March to support striking uni staff
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 07:26:37 GMT - A march to support striking Aberystwyth University staff is to be held as students continue to face disruption because of the industrial action.
 
Soldiers mark 325th anniversary
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 13:53:50 GMT - Soldiers from 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh are granted the freedom of a town to mark a historic anniversary.
 
Walker airlifted after summit fall
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 09:56:00 GMT - An injured woman is airlifted to hospital from the summit of the Great Orme in Llandudno.
 
Delyn AM to stand down at election
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 10:12:50 GMT - Labour AM for Delyn Sandy Mewies announces her decision to stand down at the next assembly election in 2016.
 
Lennon keen on Cardiff & Fulham jobs
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:32:36 GMT - Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon tells BBC Radio 5 live that the vacant posts at Cardiff City and Fulham interest him.
 
Reward Wales, says ex-first minister
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:34:38 GMT - Wales should be rewarded for not putting the UK "through the mincer" of a referendum on independence, former first minister Rhodri Morgan says, after Scotland voted to stay in the UK.
 
Police seize £350,000 cocaine haul
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:13:15 GMT - Police arrest a man after seizing £350,000 in drugs during a raid in Rhondda Cynon Taf.
 
Apology over bullying website claim
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:20:52 GMT - An MP apologises for suggesting former Welsh Secretary David Jones's business partner was involved in writing an anonymous blog.
 
Council chief may face investigation
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:46:55 GMT - The conduct of Pembrokeshire council's chief executive may be examined by an independent investigator.
 
Manx shearwater in distress alert
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 10:36:55 GMT - Manx shearwater birds may be seen in distress on Welsh beaches as their migration season approaches, the RSPCA warns.
 
Sea alert fails to spoil wedding
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:39:36 GMT - A lifeboat crew's plan to give a colleague a wedding guard of honour is almost scuppered by a sea alert.
 
Thirty new jobs at reopened abattoir
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:52:23 GMT - Menai Meats Wales to reopen former Sher Halal Foods and United Halal Foods abattoir.
 
Half absent from sickness bug school
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:33:25 GMT - More than 400 pupils are reported as being absent from a Gwynedd high school hit by a sickness and diarrhoea bug, it is confirmed.
 
Conwy gives merger bid 'amber light'
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:11:05 GMT - Conwy council votes to open talks with neighbouring Denbighshire over a possible voluntary merger of their local authorities.
 

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