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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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Public warned of Nato disruption
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 07:20:55 GMT - Motorists have been warned to expect increased traffic disruption in south Wales as world leaders begin arriving for the Nato summit in Newport.
 
Children 'damaged' by legal aid cut
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 06:16:36 GMT - Children are being damaged by the rising number of estranged couples representing themselves in family court battles, a former judge claims.
 
Human trafficking rises in Cardiff
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 06:52:39 GMT - Human trafficking in Cardiff is increasing year-on-year, with women being exploited for sex and children forced to work, says a new report.
 
Giggs backs Wales for Euro 2016
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 06:12:13 GMT - Wales great Ryan Giggs says the current side have the talent to qualify for Euro 2016 but must build momentum with a win over Andorra.
 
Father's agony over boy swept to sea
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 18:39:29 GMT - The father of a 12-year-old boy swept into the sea on Anglesey tells of the moment he and family members tried to save him.
 
Stewart set to lead Swansea council
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 07:10:47 GMT - The new leader of Swansea council's ruling Labour group is Rob Stewart after he was elected on Monday evening.
 
£70m tidal power plans suspended
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:43:01 GMT - Plans for Wales' first commercial tidal energy farm planned off the coast of Anglesey are suspended.
 
Jobs go as printing company closes
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:36:40 GMT - A printing company in Torfaen announces it has closed, with the loss of 113 jobs.
 
Soldier shot as warning being sent
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:41:54 GMT - A Wrexham soldier was fatally shot at an army checkpoint in Afghanistan just as a warning was being radioed to the base's commander, an inquest hears.
 
Swansea Valley canal body inquiry
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 19:10:54 GMT - Police appeal for help as they try to identify the body of man discovered in a Swansea Valley canal.
 
Woman spectator hurt at cycling race
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:05:40 GMT - A woman spectator in her 20s is airlifted to hospital after its believed she was injured at a cycling race in Denbighshire.
 
Wind turbine plan discussion on hold
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:31:56 GMT - Plans for a 220 ft wind turbine in a Gwynedd village are on hold after councillors vote delay discussing the matter at the applicants' request.
 
Nato military flights surprise
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 21:01:38 GMT - Nato military flights startle residents in south Wales
 
Abandoned grey seal pup rescued
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:57:53 GMT - A day-old grey seal pup who was found abandoned on a Pembrokeshire beach is rescued by animal charity workers.
 
Health board's C. diff rate improves
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 07:43:59 GMT - Wales' biggest health board improves its Clostridium difficile (C. diff) rate but it is still above the Welsh average, new figures show.
 

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

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