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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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Hospital death inquest to be held
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:13:31 GMT - The family of a disabled man who died after a routine operation are told they can finally have an inquest, a year after his death.
 
Biker killed and two riders injured
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:15:27 GMT - A motorcyclist dies in a three-vehicle collision, while two men on a machine are seriously hurt in another crash with a truck towing a boat.
 
Cardiff City 1-1 Stoke City
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:47:45 GMT - Cardiff claim what could yet prove a vital point in their fight against relegation against visitors Stoke.
 
Newcastle United 1-2 Swansea City
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:59:42 GMT - Wilfried Bony's stoppage time penalty secures Swansea a late victory against Newcastle at St James' Park.
 
Man falls to death on Snowdon
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:59:19 GMT - A 21-year-old man is killed in a fall near Snowdon summit, North Wales Police reveal.
 
WRU to appoint first woman to board
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:15:43 GMT - The Welsh Rugby Union is set to appoint its first woman board member in its 133 year history.
 
Man hit by car in critical condition
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:13:23 GMT - A 21-year-old man is in a critical condition in hospital after he was hit by a car on Anglesey, say police.
 
Redundancy threat at building firm
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:31:34 GMT - Workers at a Newport building firm face redundancy after the company warned it was going into administration, union leaders claim.
 
Three die in separate road crashes
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:34:53 GMT - A motorcyclist dies after a collision with a parked vehicle in Neath and a woman is seriously hurt after a crash in Swansea.
 
Cardiff boss defends Gunnarsson
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:32:04 GMT - Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer denies that midfielder Aron Gunnarsson was involved in an alleged leak of Cardiff team details.
 
Report arson plea after house fires
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:55:16 GMT - An appeal is made for people to report deliberately started fires after crews spent several hours tackling a blaze at two properties in Flintshire.
 
Off-roaders 'damaging wildlife'
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:33:48 GMT - Illegal off-roading in mountain ranges across north Wales is damaging protected wildlife habitats, Natural Resources Wales (NRW) says.
 
Alarm thwarts giant veg saboteurs
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:35:59 GMT - A giant vegetable grower is using a hi-tech security system to protect his prize entries from saboteurs.
 
Easter visitors urged to take care
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:21:19 GMT - Holidaymakers are urged to take care over the holiday weekend, as good weather is expected to attract crowds to resorts and attractions in Wales.
 
Rural centre 'flawed from outset'
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:49:24 GMT - A new report criticises the way millions of pounds of public money was given to a heritage centre that closed three years after it opened.
 

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

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