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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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Euro 2016: Fans' joy as Wales reach quarter finals
Sat, 25 Jun 2016 18:47:16 GMT - Wales football fans are celebrating witnessing history as the team reach the quarter finals of Euro 2016.
 
EU referendum: More money for Wales, says pro-Brexit MP
Sat, 25 Jun 2016 16:04:52 GMT - A Tory MP says he will work with the Welsh Government to ensure Wales gets its fair share of the money saved by leaving the EU.
 
Wales 1-0 Northern Ireland
Sat, 25 Jun 2016 19:00:19 GMT - Gareth McAuley's own goal puts Wales into the Euro 2016 quarter-finals with a narrow win over Northern Ireland.
 
Light aircraft crash in Monmouthshire closes road
Sat, 25 Jun 2016 20:16:20 GMT - Three people sustain minor injuries as their light plane crashes on the A40 road between Abergavenny and Raglan in Monmouthshire.
 
Armed Forces Day celebrations taking place across Wales
Sat, 25 Jun 2016 13:20:07 GMT - Hundreds of service personnel, cadets and veterans are taking part in Armed Forces Day celebrations across Wales.
 
Summer tour: Sam Warburton says Wales have no excuses for big defeat
Sat, 25 Jun 2016 11:00:43 GMT - Wales captain Sam Warburton says a long season is no excuse for their 46-6 loss to New Zealand in the third Test.
 
Cardiff Bay road closures for triathlon and sailing events
Sat, 25 Jun 2016 10:31:30 GMT - Road closures are announced ahead of Cardiff Bay's triathlon and sailing events on Sunday.
 
Cardiff police hunt driver of flipped car
Sat, 25 Jun 2016 15:44:49 GMT - Police are hunting a driver who fled after flipping a car onto its roof on a busy Cardiff street.
 
Miners' leader Arthur James Cook honoured with blue plaque
Sat, 25 Jun 2016 14:07:42 GMT - A blue plaque honouring a prominent miners' leader and trade unionist is being unveiled in Rhondda Cynon Taff.
 
Holywell festival for walkers retraces Henry V's pilgrimage
Sat, 25 Jun 2016 12:02:51 GMT - Walkers who have been retracing King Henry V's pilgrimage steps are being welcomed back by a medieval festival.
 
EU referendum: Jones fears for jobs after Brexit vote
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:02:35 GMT - First Minister Carwyn Jones says he fears jobs will be lost in Wales after the UK vote to leave the EU.
 
E. coli find closes Swansea cockle bed in Burry Inlet
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:06:46 GMT - A Swansea cockle bed closes due to concerns about "higher than normal" levels of E. coli found in shellfish samples.
 
'Please don't send me home' sing Wales fans in Paris
Sat, 25 Jun 2016 19:20:24 GMT - Wales supporters sing 'please don't send me home' in the Paris fan zone after their team's Euro 2016 victory.
 
The sound of Wales winning at Euro 2016
Sat, 25 Jun 2016 19:30:10 GMT - Wales football fans are celebrating witnessing history after the team reached the quarter finals of Euro 2016.
 
Wales still needs EU levels of funding, says Leave leader
Sat, 25 Jun 2016 14:38:06 GMT - Wales must secure EU levels of funding from the UK government beyond 2020, says Welsh Vote Leave campaign leader Clwyd West MP David Jones.
 

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