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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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Education warnings 'six years ago'
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 05:42:13 GMT - Warnings over long-term vision for education in Wales was first raised more than six years ago, BBC Wales learns.
 
'Lessons learned' over European aid
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:01:49 GMT - European aid is now being well managed after learning lessons from earlier project failures, auditors say.
 
Syria helpers' 'radicalisation' fear
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:21:06 GMT - Anti-terror police are concerned the Syria conflict is "radicalising" humanitarian volunteers from Wales.
 
Men win sex discrimination pay case
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:16:45 GMT - Eighteen men unhappy at being paid less than their female colleagues win an equal pay claim against a university.
 
Rhys Jones withdraws from uni role
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:11:22 GMT - Griff Rhys Jones withdraws from becoming Cardiff University's chancellor just two weeks after his appointment was delayed.
 
Agoraphobic benefits cheat jailed
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:30:32 GMT - A benefits cheat with a fear of open spaces is jailed for a year at Merthyr Crown court after being caught working as a tour guide in South America.
 
'Patience' warning over gay marriage
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:44:32 GMT - Supporters of gay marriage should be patient if they want the blessing of the Church in Wales, the Archbishop tells the governing body.
 
House sales up by more than 20%
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:52:57 GMT - House sales in Wales increase by more than 20% in the first three months of the year compared to the same period in 2013.
 
Storm damage canal to reopen
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:46:00 GMT - The Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal is to fully reopen to boaters this weekend after £1m repairs to a section damaged in the winter storms.
 
Hospice boss cleared of misconduct
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:59:43 GMT - The director of care at a children's hospice is cleared of professional misconduct over the way she dealt with a dying teenager.
 
Work to start on transforming lido
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:31:52 GMT - Work is to start on transforming a derelict lido which has been closed for more than 20 years into a visitor attraction.
 
Body found in woods 'not suspicious'
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:42:45 GMT - A body found in woods near a golf club in Gwynedd is not being treated as suspicious, say police.
 
Most of Clwyd's NHS claims rejected
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:03:15 GMT - Some serious complaints made by a Labour MP over the hospital care given to her late husband are rejected following an independent investigation.
 
Woodland site's lottery grant boost
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:12:32 GMT - A woodland surrounding a derelict Monmouthshire mansion is to be boosted as a visitor attraction by nearly £300,000 of heritage lottery funding.
 
Appeal for club's 150th anniversary
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:05:45 GMT - Memorabilia search for the 150th anniversary of Wrexham FC
 

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