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About Wales

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

Smoking ban plan for playgrounds and hospital grounds
Fri, 25 May 2018 09:11:55 GMT - A strengthening of laws to ban smoking in public places in Wales is being put forward.
 
Bank holiday weekend flood warning for Wales
Fri, 25 May 2018 13:52:54 GMT - Heavy rain, hail and strong wind is expected to affect the entire country this weekend.
 
Poor broadband means Conwy valley girl does homework in lay-by
Fri, 25 May 2018 11:26:15 GMT - A 12-year-old is so frustrated by no broadband - she has to do homework in the car a mile from home.
 
Manic Street Preachers star Nicky Wire pulls out of Biggest Weekend gig
Fri, 25 May 2018 16:02:29 GMT - Nicky Wire won't make the band's headline performance due to a family illness.
 
Vaughan Gething 'optimistic' of Labour leadership support
Fri, 25 May 2018 12:17:23 GMT - The health secretary has the backing of four AMs to succeed First Minister Carwyn Jones.
 
Just Eat 'phishing' scammer Grant West jailed
Fri, 25 May 2018 13:14:36 GMT - Grant West, described as "a one man cyber crime wave", had the personal data of 165,000 people.
 
Climate change: Welsh emissions target progress 'disappointing'
Fri, 25 May 2018 07:12:36 GMT - Pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% had been "ambitious, but attainable"
 
How many £1m-plus homes are sold near you?
Thu, 24 May 2018 23:02:34 GMT - Sales of homes in England and Wales for over £1m have hit a new high. How many were sold near you?
 
Sculptor Sean Edwards Venice Biennale choice for Wales
Fri, 25 May 2018 11:43:22 GMT - Sean Edwards will represent Wales at the prestigious art exhibition in Italy next year.
 
Ben Davies: Wales have point to prove against Mexico
Fri, 25 May 2018 02:42:19 GMT - Defender Ben Davies says Wales will use the friendly against Mexico to prove they belong at the highest international level.
 
BBC Radio 1 Biggest Weekend: Swansea travel warning
Fri, 25 May 2018 11:51:28 GMT - Drivers advised to expect bank holiday weekend delays, especially near BBC Biggest Weekend concert.
 
Cardiff venue apologises for 'neo-Nazi' Infernal War gig
Thu, 24 May 2018 21:49:43 GMT - The Globe in Cardiff apologises after Polish band Infernal War played to 300 people.
 
Scott Mills: Swansea 'won't know what's hit it' at Biggest Weekend
Fri, 25 May 2018 05:05:12 GMT - BBC Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills says Swansea "won't know what's hit it" as it prepares for The Biggest Weekend.
 
Why schoolgirl Grug has to do her homework in a lay-by
Fri, 25 May 2018 00:35:57 GMT - A 12-year-old has to do her homework in the car a mile from home because she does not have access to broadband.
 
BBC Radio 1 Biggest Weekend: Weather forecast for Swansea
Fri, 25 May 2018 11:49:48 GMT - Behnaz Akghar has your weekend weather forecast as Swansea hosts BBC Radio 1's Biggest Weekend.
 

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