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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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Two more hospital 'neglect' arrests
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:35:24 GMT - Two more nurses have been arrested in connection with an investigation into allegations of wilful neglect at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend, say police.
 
Charity chief 'entitled' to policy
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:57:08 GMT - A former race equality chief tells his fraud trial he was "entitled" to take out a life assurance policy as part of his pension policy.
 
Teenager raped woman in her 90s
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:27:07 GMT - A teenager who raped a woman in her 90s in the hall of her home has been jailed for 16 years at Newport Crown Court.
 
Girl, six, dies 'after choking'
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:05:34 GMT - A six-year-old girl has died after it is believed she choked while staying with her family at a holiday home in Gwynedd.
 
Pylon cable thieves to pay £1 each
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:13:56 GMT - A gang who risked their lives to scale electricity pylons to steal 45 tonnes of cable will only have to repay £1 each towards the proceeds of their crime.
 
Gardener impaled on spikes dies
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:31:33 GMT - A gardener dies after being impaled on spiked railings while pruning a fir tree.
 
Cancer target missed for six years
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:18:43 GMT - A target requiring all urgent cancer patients in Wales to begin treatment within 62 days has now been missed for six years, the latest figures show.
 
Five in hospital after house blaze
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:15:34 GMT - Five people are taken to hospital as a precaution following a house fire in Conwy.
 
Rennard's suspension lift criticised
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:13:30 GMT - A senior Welsh Lib Dem who claims she was harassed by Lord Rennard says her party should be "ashamed" over lifting his membership suspension.
 
Cut Scottish spending, poll told
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:12:00 GMT - Almost half of voters in Wales think public spending in Scotland should be cut if Scots vote to remain in the UK, according to a new survey.
 
Asbestos present in student rooms
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:36:50 GMT - More than 3,000 students in Wales slept last year in university bedrooms containing asbestos, BBC Wales learns.
 
Financial firm creates 89 jobs
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:05:55 GMT - A new financial services company is creating 89 jobs by setting up its head office in Cardiff.
 
Tory leader's bare-knuckle boxer dad
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:17:54 GMT - Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies' talks of bare-knuckle boxer father who "didn't have two brass farthings to rub together".
 
App created to catch fly-tippers
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:30:01 GMT - An app is developed to crackdown on fly-tippers, which costs the Welsh taxpayer £2m a year.
 
OAP's nine years for raping boy, 14
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:53:43 GMT - An amateur radio enthusiast who raped a teenage boy who shared his interest is jailed for nine years.
 

The latest stories from the Wales section of the BBC News web site.

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