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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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Soldier deaths review backs decision
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:47:49 GMT - A decision not to prosecute anyone after the deaths of three soldiers from overheating on a training exercise was the correct one, a review finds.
 
Ministers to review murder case
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:57:20 GMT - The case of a woman murdered by her boyfriend after a 999 delay will be referred to ministers, William Hague tells MPs.
 
Bus fire causes 'massive tailbacks'
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:43:38 GMT - Motorists in Cardiff are warned to expect "massive tailbacks" after a bus caught fire, closing one of the city's busiest roads.
 
Leader confidence vote debate begins
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:33:31 GMT - The leader of Wales' biggest local authority tells a vote of no confidence debate that he is proud of his achievements in office.
 
40,000 hours of ambulances delays
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:57:04 GMT - Patients' could be at risk as ambulance crews lose 40,000 hours a year waiting outside hospital emergency units, assembly members are told.
 
Cardiff Airport jobs and route boost
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:04:11 GMT - Airline Flybe is to operate new routes flying from Cardiff Airport, creating 50 new jobs.
 
Girl can testify in father's trial
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:33:00 GMT - Court of Appeal reverses Swansea judge's decision to ban daughter from giving evidence in her father's child abuse trial.
 
Scala cinema gets new lease of life
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:12:23 GMT - Prestatyn's Scala Cinema and Arts Centre is reopening in April after a new leaseholder was announced on Thursday.
 
500 protest over sixth form plans
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:57:04 GMT - About 500 people protest outside Pembrokeshire council over plans to shake-up sixth form provision.
 
Police hunt building society raiders
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:43:20 GMT - Police are looking for three men seen acting suspiciously before a building society was broken into in Conwy county.
 
Admiral pre-tax profits at £357m
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 08:28:03 GMT - Insurance company Admiral announces pre-tax profits of £357m, giving its 7,000 staff £3,000 worth of shares.
 
£20m to encourage cutting-edge ideas
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:13:19 GMT - A £20m programme to help Welsh firms develop ideas and products is announced.
 
BBC Wales sorry for technical issues
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:24:58 GMT - BBC Cymru Wales issues an apology after technical issues forced it to drop broadcasting one of its programmes after being hit by sound problems.
 
Firefighters put out Cardiff blaze
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:08:19 GMT - Firefighters put out a fire in the kitchen of a building in Cardiff's famous fast-food street.
 
Third in Wales source news online
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:06:04 GMT - Almost a third of people in Wales now get their main sources of news from social media and the internet, a poll for BBC Wales suggests.
 

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