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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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Man admits murder of woman, 45
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:57:18 GMT - A 47-year-old man faces a life sentence for murdering a Flintshire woman he met on a dating website.
 
Mother dies of sudden death syndrome
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:14:28 GMT - A mother collapses and dies just days before Christmas of the rare heart condition sudden arrhythmic death syndrome.
 
999 call for noisy washing machine
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:12:11 GMT - A police force releases clips of nuisance 999 calls as it prepares for the busy Christmas period.
 
Man's driving ban for OAP death
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:56:26 GMT - A car wash worker who knocked over and killed a great-grandfather avoids an immediate jail sentence.
 
Police stretched to 'danger' levels
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:25:12 GMT - Brutal police budget cuts are stretching policing to dangerous levels, the Gwent police and crime commissioner warns.
 
Terror arrest men appear in court
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:08:23 GMT - Two men accused of helping a 17-year-old Cardiff boy leave the UK to join fighters in Syria will stand trial in London in June.
 
Man, 51, rescued from river dies
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:25:29 GMT - A man who was rescued from a river in Cardiff died shortly after he was pulled from the water, police confirm.
 
Mandy Rice-Davies dies aged 70
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:44:54 GMT - Welsh-born former model Mandy Rice-Davies, one of the main figures in the 1960s Profumo affair dies aged 70.
 
Cabbie ban after reviewing customers
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:15:20 GMT - A Llanelli taxi driver is suspended after making online reviews of his customers and how generous they were tips.
 
999 crews on alert for 'mad' Friday
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:31:12 GMT - Emergency crews across Wales expect one of the busiest nights of the year as many revellers over indulge on the final Friday before Christmas.
 
Child attack dog to be destroyed
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:55:15 GMT - A Greyhound dog is to be destroyed, magistrates have ruled, after it bit a three-year-old girl in the face.
 
Flooding causes travel disruption
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:24:11 GMT - Motorists and commuters in Powys are advised of disruption on the roads and trains due to flooding.
 
Primary school pupils 'still hungry'
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 08:27:51 GMT - Half of younger primary school children in Wales are still hungry some or all of the time after eating their school meal, the children's commissioner says
 
Wind farm plans ditched by bosses
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:22:10 GMT - Proposals for a wind farm in Powys have been ditched with ScottishPower Renewables saying it is no longer financially viable after several years of planning.
 
Risk of abuse 'must be reported'
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:59:35 GMT - Suspected risk of abuse or neglect of children or adults must reported by police, health workers and other officials from 2016.
 

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

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