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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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Bid to halt chief's pay-off fails
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:32:37 GMT - A pay-off for Pembrokeshire council chief executive Bryn Parry-Jones is set to go ahead after an opposition bid to block it through the courts fails.
 
Man killed partner in fear of demons
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:31:14 GMT - A man cut his partner's throat to save her from a "fate worse than death" because he thought demons were about to break into their home in Ceredigion, a court heard.
 
Tan: 'They said I was crazy, mad'
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:46:20 GMT - Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan says he believes that the row over the change in the club's colours helped make it world famous.
 
'Murdered' man ambulance delay probe
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:02:21 GMT - Delays in getting an ambulance to an alleged murder victim in Wrexham are being investigated by the Welsh Ambulance Service.
 
Halloween buses avoid city estates
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:58:35 GMT - Cardiff Bus services will not enter some city estates on Halloween or bonfire night over fears for the safety of passengers and drivers.
 
New £1m fire station gets go-ahead
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:49:09 GMT - Plans to build a new £1m fire station in Aberystwyth are given the go-ahead by councillors.
 
Two men killed as car hits tree
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:26:07 GMT - Two men die after their car hit a tree near Wrexham on Thursday night.
 
Uni expert writes 3D deep ocean app
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:24:53 GMT - A Bangor University computer scientist is developing app which will allow users to "swim" in 3D with dolphins and prehistoric reptiles in the deep ocean.
 
Cuts 'will undo' apprenticeship work
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:25:18 GMT - Training body's warning over funding for apprentices in Wales.
 
Sex killer loses whole-life appeal
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:13:49 GMT - A man who killed a girl by hanging her at his parents' house has a bid to have his whole-life sentence overturned rejected by the Court of Appeal.
 
Yachtsman fined for blocking ferry
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:40:28 GMT - A yachtsman is fined £200 for obstructing a ferry causing it to veer off course as he raced in a regatta in Pembrokeshire.
 
Lorry driver held after cyclist hurt
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:04:05 GMT - A lorry driver is arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving after a collision left a cyclist critically injured.
 
Man dies after car crashes into tree
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:32:53 GMT - A 24-year-old man from Port Talbot dies in hospital after a car crashed into a tree in Swansea.
 
Language call on planning laws
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:13:21 GMT - New planning laws fail to include protection for the Welsh language, a council leader claims.
 
Japan snack maker to create 100 jobs
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:41:10 GMT - A Japanese savoury snacks manufacturer is creating 100 new jobs at Deeside Enterprise Zone, opening its first factory in Europe.
 

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