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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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Men charged over roadside shooting
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:42:15 GMT - Two men are charged with attempted murder and possessing a firearm following a shooting in Mountain Ash.
 
Weightlifter jailed for VAT fraud
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 14:12:14 GMT - A Welsh Commonwealth Games weightlifter who failed to pay more than £300,000 of VAT on his scrap and waste businesses is jailed.
 
'Indecent' Eisteddfod novel inquiry
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:29:05 GMT - An "indecent" novel entered into a National Eisteddfod writing competition is being investigated by police.
 
Kayaker clinging to buoy rescued
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:45:58 GMT - A kayaker clinging to a buoy is rescued after capsizing in Swansea Bay.
 
Out-of-hours GP service 'squeeze'
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:49:38 GMT - Paramedics are drafted in as out-of-hours doctor service struggles to fill GP and nurse practitioner rota in Wrexham and Flintshire.
 
Corbyn leads in local Labour parties
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:01:38 GMT - Left-wing candidate Jeremy Corbyn is the frontrunner among local Labour parties in Wales in the battle for the party leadership.
 
Dr Livingstone book sells for £3,000
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 14:58:23 GMT - Dr Livingstone book bought by a Carmarthen hairdresser at a car boot sale for 99p sells for £3,000 at Cardiff.
 
Plaid settles row with Elis-Thomas
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:41:01 GMT - Lord Elis-Thomas will remain a Plaid Cymru candidate for the 2016 assembly election as an agreement is reached to settle the row over his criticism of the party's leadership.
 
Nightclub site may be new council HQ
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:42:02 GMT - The site which used to house Swansea's biggest nightclub could become the new home for Swansea council and library.
 
Scorpions' Songhurst given drugs ban
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:26:44 GMT - South Wales Scorpions rugby league player Paul Songhurst is banned for four years after testing positive for a steroid.
 
Cliff fall cow swims mile to safety
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 14:45:42 GMT - A cow which fell down a steep cliff and became trapped on a beach, is given help to swim over a mile to safety.
 
Lost medallion reunited with owner
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:24:44 GMT - A medallion discovered among hospital laundry is reunited with its owner.
 
Wales surf wave generator starts up
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:06:00 GMT - The first waves have peeled across an artificial surf lagoon built on the site of an old aluminium works on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park.
 
Plaque to poet Abse is unveiled
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:22:19 GMT - Plaque unveiling ceremony marks former Cardiff home of celebrated Welsh poet, writer and doctor Dannie Abse.
 
'Not enough nurses being trained'
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:10:30 GMT - Not enough nurses are being trained to meet health care demands, says the director of the Royal College of Nursing Wales.
 

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