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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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Gay marriage remark 'misinterpreted'
Tue, 28 Apr 2015 09:53:41 GMT - A general election candidate says he is is sorry if a remark he made about gay marriage was misinterpreted.
 
Jury goes out in baby murder trial
Tue, 28 Apr 2015 11:26:06 GMT - The jury is sent out to deliberate in the trial of a man who denies murdering his five-week-old granddaughter.
 
Labour promises immigration action
Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:47:39 GMT - Labour will set out the action it intends to take on immigration within 100 days of taking office, Ed Miliband will say on a campaign visit to south Wales.
 
Pontypridd murder accused in court
Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:19:26 GMT - The man accused of murdering a woman whose body was found dismembered in a Pontypridd flat appears at crown court via video link.
 
Appeal after car park serious attack
Tue, 28 Apr 2015 11:05:47 GMT - Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was seriously assaulted in a supermarket car park in Bangor.
 
Plaid call for national drugs fund
Tue, 28 Apr 2015 11:31:45 GMT - Drugs companies should give a £50m rebate so the money can be spent on a national drugs and treatment fund for Wales, Plaid Cymru says.
 
Jobs warning over mine plan delay
Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:24:05 GMT - Delays to approving plans for a country park, lake and resort on an opencast mine site could lead to 70 job losses, bosses warn.
 
NRW staff voice concern in survey
Tue, 28 Apr 2015 06:57:03 GMT - Only 14% of workers at Wales' environment watchdog feel the merger that led to its formation two years ago was well managed.
 
Gorse fire close to homes put out
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 20:26:57 GMT - A large gorse fire close to homes in Carmarthenshire which led to a road being closed is put out.
 
Charity's Tory support letter error
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 17:56:17 GMT - A Welsh charity says it was wrongly included as a signatory to a letter supporting the Conservative Party.
 
Teachers' strike affects high school
Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:38:40 GMT - A two-day teachers' strike is being held at a Wrexham secondary school with union officials blaming the dispute on a change in working practices.
 
Three missing in Nepal quake 'alive'
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 17:31:42 GMT - Two brothers and their friend from Wales reported missing following the earthquake in Nepal are alive, their families are told.
 
Rat attack tortoise given wheels
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:13:21 GMT - A Pembrokeshire tortoise that had part of its legs chewed off by a rat is fitted with wheels.
 
Lonely heart ad pasted to park bench
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:32:26 GMT - A single man seemingly takes the unusual step of pasting a lonely heart advert for a 'single Welsh woman' to a bench in Swansea.
 
Call for faster Legionella testing
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:09:56 GMT - Call for faster Legionnaire's Disease tests are made by coroner after woman, 54, dies after retuning from holiday in Tunisia.
 

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