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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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Baby found in river 'died at birth'
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:31:15 GMT - The newborn baby boy who was found in a river in Cardiff is believed to have died at birth, police say.
 
Cannabis plant factory trio jailed
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:35:55 GMT - Three men who ran a cannabis factory worth around £800,000 next door to South Wales Police's headquarters are jailed.
 
VIDEO: 999 call to complain about faulty TV
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:24:15 GMT - Cancelled plane tickets, a faulty TV and booking a taxi are among reasons for nuisance 999 calls to North Wales Police.
 
Storms warning after hottest day
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:07:31 GMT - Forecasters warn of severe thunderstorms, as the hottest temperature in Wales so far this year is recorded.
 
Swansea's Demetriou fined over bets
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:59:25 GMT - Swansea City striker James Demetriou is fined £700 by the Football Association after admitting breaching rules on betting.
 
Terror accused trio's trial halted
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:16:41 GMT - The trial of three men accused of helping a Cardiff teenager reach Syria to fight with Islamic State is halted by a judge at the Old Bailey.
 
Mental health ward concerns probe
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:40:29 GMT - Concerns about a second mental health unit run by the same health board will be "investigated thoroughly", its interim chief says.
 
£600m metro to stop transport chaos
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:14:18 GMT - Up to £600m will be spent on a new metro system for south east Wales within the next five years to stop transport chaos, it is announced.
 
Champions League final 'cash boost'
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:42:38 GMT - Hosting the Champions League final in Cardiff in 2017 will bring an "economic boost" for Wales, ministers say.
 
'Pioneer' schools to lead shake-up
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:06:58 GMT - Schools in Wales are invited to become "pioneers", helping to ensure a radical shake-up of lessons.
 
Fifth man guilty at abuse trial
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:17:25 GMT - A fifth man is found guilty of historical sexual abuse in Wrexham during the 1980s in a trial involving seven men.
 
Warning after camper suffers burns
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:48:35 GMT - A woman is airlifted to hospital in Gwynedd with serious burns thought to have been caused by a portable gas stove.
 
Petition urges Dic Penderyn pardon
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:07:06 GMT - A miner hanged for stabbing a soldier in a 19th Century industrial rebellion should be pardoned, MPs are told, as a petition is presented to the House of Commons.
 
VIDEO: Cardiff Metro: 30 years in 60 seconds
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 05:17:52 GMT - A look at efforts to launch a Cardiff metro system over the last 30 years - told in 60 seconds.
 
£2.6m to fund heritage projects
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:33:16 GMT - Places of worship, wildlife and wells are among ten projects in Wales to receive a share of £2.6m Heritage Lottery Fund money.
 

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