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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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Mystery drugs in ski holiday death
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:12:46 GMT - A woman from Swansea died on holiday in Bulgaria after taking a drug she believed was cocaine, an inquest rules.
 
Dismay at council merger rejections
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:32:36 GMT - Leaders of Welsh councils which volunteered to merge are disappointed by the rejection of their plans by the public services minister.
 
Man arrested over McDonald's attack
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:01:43 GMT - Police arrest a man after a McDonald's employee is punched in the face by a customer.
 
Chicken found covered in paint
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:20:07 GMT - The RSPCA is appealing for information after a chicken is found covered in paint and with tinsel around its beak.
 
Revenge porn victim's photo warning
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:15:58 GMT - A victim of revenge porn is warning others not to share intimate pictures of themselves with partners.
 
UKIP candidate in far-right inquiry
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:36:32 GMT - A UKIP general election candidate is investigated by the party over website messages backing far-right groups.
 
Teacher 'shown exam' before tests
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:58:57 GMT - A teacher tells a disciplinary hearing she was shown national test papers before they were set and told to give pupils more time if needed.
 
Two arrests after street attack
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:35:11 GMT - Police arrest two people following incidents involving several men in Cardiff which left one person critically injured.
 
Two suffer 'chemical burns' in fire
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:51:00 GMT - Two people are taken to hospital with suspected chemical burns following reports of a fire and an explosion on an industrial estate.
 
Homes plan concern for BBC HQ site
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:57:09 GMT - Concerns are raised by plans to develop up to 500 homes on the site of BBC Wales' Cardiff headquarters.
 
NHS row a 'political pantomime'
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:06:31 GMT - A row between Labour and Conservative politicians over the NHS in Wales is diverting attention from improving patient care, say opponents.
 
School closure proposals agreed
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:54:35 GMT - Councillors agree proposals to close a number of schools in mid Wales amid falling pupils numbers.
 
'Rare' asteroid sighting expected
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:39:17 GMT - An asteroid the size of a cruise ship should be visible above the skies of Wales as it grazes the earth in a sighting not expected again for years.
 
Rugby mums start their own team
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:50:44 GMT - A group of women who met at their sons' rugby training decided they wanted to do more than stand at the sidelines - so they started their own team.
 
Services for Holocaust Memorial Day
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 07:10:05 GMT - Events are being held across Wales as part of Holocaust Memorial Day.
 

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