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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 brain damaged in fatal 'attack'
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:07:40 GMT - A five-week-old baby girl allegedly murdered by her grandfather had suffered significant brain damage, a court hears.
 
Axed store plan ends 500 jobs hope
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:29:41 GMT - Supermarket chain Sainsbury's scraps plans for a new store in Pembrokeshire that would have created 500 jobs.
 
Head 'horrified' by drunk staff
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:19:28 GMT - A former head teacher tells a disciplinary panel he was "absolutely horrified" by allegations teaching assistants were drunk on a school trip.
 
Man who ran over step sister jailed
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:28:16 GMT - A man from Caerphilly who ran over and killed his step sister while racing his father's car is sentenced to seven years in prison.
 
'£260m cost' if line not electrified
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:26:26 GMT - Failure to electrify the main railway line in north Wales could cost the Welsh economy £260m, the transport minister says.
 
Welsh clubs urged to support England
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:33:22 GMT - The Football League's digital arm apologises after an email was sent to Cardiff City and Newport County fans urging them to support England.
 
Officer axed over 'sexual behaviour'
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:25:37 GMT - A Gwent Police sergeant is dismissed for 'inappropriate sexual behaviour' towards women held in custody and female colleagues.
 
'Seize the opportunity for Wales'
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:05:42 GMT - Wales' future is "in our own hands", Plaid Cymru's leader has said, at the launch of its election campaign.
 
Twitter in Welsh language row
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:42:14 GMT - Welsh language campaigners and small businesses are angry Twitter does not offer promoted tweets in Welsh.
 
Ex-solicitor jailed for £60k fraud
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:08:50 GMT - A former solicitor is jailed after defrauding the family of a dead women.
 
22% of students 'think of sex work'
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:22:37 GMT - More than a fifth of students think about being involved in the sex industry, according to a major research project.
 
Man in court over hotel murder case
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:12:59 GMT - A man appears in court charged with the murder of 28-year-old Nadine Aburas at a Cardiff hotel last September.
 
Sheep rescued from 150ft cliff face
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:55:12 GMT - A sheep is rescued from a tiny rocky ledge on a sheer 150ft cliff in Gwynedd.
 
'Secret garden' to get £1m revamp
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:07:06 GMT - A neglected "secret garden" is to be restored after a group hoping to save it from demolition secured a £1.8m grant.
 
Restriction lifted on nuclear plant
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:51:09 GMT - Regulators say there are "no longer hazards" at a nuclear power plant requiring an emergency buffer zone as the site's decommissioning continues.
 

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

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