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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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100 jobs at risk at coach company
Sat, 28 May 2016 13:14:58 GMT - About 100 jobs could be at risk at a Pembrokeshire coach company which intends to file for administration.
 
M4 queues ease after two vehicles crash
Sat, 28 May 2016 13:21:56 GMT - All lanes reopen after drivers were left stuck in queues of up to 23 miles following a two vehicle crash on the M4 in Monmouthshire.
 
Dahl's swashboggling words celebrated
Sat, 28 May 2016 12:46:28 GMT - Swashboggling, squishous and frobscottle are among thousands of Roald Dahl's gobblefunk words in a dictionary celebrating the centenary of the writer's birth.
 
Heavy rain set to hit parts of Wales
Sat, 28 May 2016 07:06:32 GMT - A yellow "be aware" warning is issued for heavy rain across south Wales on Saturday.
 
Autumn auction for Aberystwyth signs
Sat, 28 May 2016 15:03:50 GMT - Street signs in Aberystwyth were replaced with Edwardian style signs and the old ones will be auctioned in the autumn.
 
Cardiff ready for 2017 Champions League
Sat, 28 May 2016 12:50:07 GMT - The Football Association of Wales insist Cardiff's preparations for the 2017 Uefa Champions League final are on course.
 
Child, 10, hurt after being hit by car
Sat, 28 May 2016 08:01:44 GMT - A 10-year-old child suffers serious injuries after being hit by a car in the Vale of Glamorgan.
 
New RNLI lifeguard service to launch
Sat, 28 May 2016 13:34:14 GMT - A new RNLI lifeguard service launched in Denbighshire and Flintshire.
 
Respect call over tourist areas
Sat, 28 May 2016 07:15:06 GMT - Visitors to two of Carmarthenshire's most popular outdoor attractions are asked to respect the areas following complaints about unauthorised camping and other issues.
 
Ched Evans rape retrial in October
Fri, 27 May 2016 09:37:13 GMT - Footballer Ched Evans' retrial for rape will be held in October, a High Court judge announces.
 
Holidaymaker falls from hotel balcony
Fri, 27 May 2016 17:23:28 GMT - A 25-year-old man from Newport is in an induced coma in hospital after falling from a hotel balcony on the Spanish island of Majorca.
 
Uni pays for £168,000 home upgrade
Fri, 27 May 2016 20:32:58 GMT - Bangor University is criticised for spending over £150,000 refurbishing and furnishing a university boss's house.
 
What does it means for Wales?
Tue, 05 Apr 2016 09:28:44 GMT - All you need to know about Wales, its relationship with the EU and the coming referendum
 
Bale 'better' ahead of San Siro return
Fri, 27 May 2016 17:12:54 GMT - Wales star Gareth Bale is a 'better player' for being at Real Madrid
 
Final sentence for historic court
Fri, 27 May 2016 06:03:20 GMT - A look back at some of the key dates in Carmarthen court's 250-year history
 

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