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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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MP duped by 'quadriplegic' conman
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:29:08 GMT - An MP admits being taken in by a conman who pretended to be quadriplegic claiming police were abusing him.
 
Rapist Evans issues video statement
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:46:31 GMT - Footballer Ched Evans releases a video statement in which he says he is "determined to continue the fight" to clear his name.
 
Woman's murder appeal bid rejected
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:28:51 GMT - A Colwyn Bay woman who teamed up with others to kill her own father in a knife attack must accept her murder conviction, top judges rule.
 
Funding concerns for resources body
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:31:33 GMT - Concerns are being raised that the service which manages the natural resources of Wales faces finance uncertainties.
 
M4 concerns response 'disappointing'
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:04:56 GMT - Welsh ministers' response to concerns about the proposed M4 relief road has been "disappointing", the chairman of an assembly committee says.
 
Call for 'national' library service
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:01:36 GMT - Libraries in Wales should be coordinated nationally in the future, a panel of experts recommends.
 
St David's Day devolution deadline
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:56:27 GMT - The Welsh secretary sets a deadline of St David's Day next year to secure cross-party agreement on the future shape of Welsh devolution.
 
Police hunt gang after sex assault
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:11:22 GMT - A gang of five to six youths is being hunted by police after a 17-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in a Cardiff park.
 
Addict kills days after prison exit
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:57:20 GMT - A heroin addict is found guilty of murdering a man just five days after coming out of jail and using his money for a drug deal.
 
Miliband 'terrified' of NHS failure
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:56:34 GMT - David Cameron says Ed Miliband is "totally terrified" of Labour's Welsh NHS "failure" while the Labour leader accuses him of "smearing the NHS in Wales".
 
Three arrests in school abuse probe
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:40:11 GMT - Three people are arrested on suspicion of child neglect as part of a probe into physical abuse at a Powys residential school.
 
'Dismay' at further Arts Council cut
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:38:45 GMT - The Arts Council of Wales issues a stark warning to groups about future funding as it faces up to an extra £300,000 cut this year.
 
Airport warns against devolving duty
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:08:34 GMT - Cardiff Airport would have a "significant advantage" over its rivals if the Welsh government won the power to set air passenger duty, the boss of Bristol Airport claims.
 
Cyber security firm opens in city
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:00:42 GMT - A US cyber security company is officially opening its European HQ in Cardiff, which has created almost 130 jobs with the hope of up to 300 in the next few years.
 
Police furious over 'Welsh' release
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:10:45 GMT - Greater Manchester Police are furious after being forced to release a Salford man on bail after he insisted on seeing a Welsh interpreter.
 

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