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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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Latest News In Wales

Knife hidden in bra killer jailed
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:40:41 GMT - A woman who stabbed a businessman in the neck in his car is jailed for eight-and-a-half years for his manslaughter.
 
Apology after burns boy turned away
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:21:22 GMT - A health board apologises after staff at a Gwynedd hospital refused to admit an 11-year-old boy who had burned his stomach with a spilt cup of tea.
 
Gymnasts in silver medal position
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:52:33 GMT - Wales are in a good position at the halfway stage of the rhythmic gymnastics team final while Jazz Carlin is sixth in the 200m freestyle.
 
Teen to pay £300 for supercar damage
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:05:25 GMT - A teenager who jumped on the bonnet of a £245,000 supercar has been told to pay the owner £300 compensation towards the £11,000 repairs.
 
Jobs go at troubled car parts firm
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:50:39 GMT - A car parts firm goes into administration with the loss of 1,244 jobs, including 78 in Wales.
 
Beach drownings warning by RNLI
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:09:51 GMT - More people die in seaside accidents than in cycling incidents every year, says the RNLI a day after rescuers responded to 13 call-outs in north Wales.
 
M4 relief road paper not published
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:51:48 GMT - Welsh ministers are criticised for deciding not to publish a document on the conclusions of a consultation on the planned M4 relief road.
 
Big rise in council redundancy costs
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:57:25 GMT - Cash-strapped Welsh councils have spent nearly twice as much on making staff redundant as they did last year, BBC Wales learns.
 
Search as man tries to grab girl, 11
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:23:06 GMT - Hundreds of people are locked in a park as police search the area for a man who tried to grab an 11-year-old girl as she was playing near a climbing frame.
 
Rock fall closes Great Orme road
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:25:21 GMT - A clear-up is under way after a rock fall closed the road around Llandudno's Great Orme headland.
 
Beach cordon after body is found
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:04:25 GMT - A small area of Aberavon beach is cordoned off by police after a man's body was discovered there.
 
Metal theft mine memorial repaired
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:27:31 GMT - A mining memorial desecrated by metal thieves who stole its bronze plaques is repaired.
 
Course restored for Senior Open
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:28:02 GMT - The Royal Porthcawl golf club is hosting one of the most prestigious events in the golf calendar just months after storms damaged its fairways.
 
Hacking reporter spared prison
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:00:57 GMT - Ex-News of the World and Sunday Mirror reporter Dan Evans is sentenced to a 10-month suspended jail sentence after admitting charges including phone hacking.
 
Aerospace industry 'jewel in crown'
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:46:28 GMT - The aerospace industry in north Wales is the jewel in the crown of the Welsh economy, says Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb.
 

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