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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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Three arrested after man dies in Rhyl stabbing
Sun, 30 Apr 2017 14:29:22 GMT - A 37-year-old man who suffered stab wounds was taken to hospital where he later died, police say.
 
Teenage girl rescued from Machynys beach quicksand
Sun, 30 Apr 2017 08:41:20 GMT - The 14-year-old was stuck up to her waist when she was rescued by emergency services.
 
Metal detecting helps increase treasure finds in Wales
Sun, 30 Apr 2017 05:47:07 GMT - The rise in artefacts and archaeological discoveries is put down to the popularity of metal detecting.
 
Manchester United 1-1 Swansea City
Sun, 30 Apr 2017 13:23:40 GMT - A Gylfi Sigurdsson free-kick earns Swansea a point in their battle for Premier League survival and damages Manchester United's push for the top four.
 
Auschwitz surviving poppy seller from Newport turns 100
Sun, 30 Apr 2017 10:16:16 GMT - Ron Jones only retired from collecting for the Poppy Appeal aged 99.
 
Mostyn Hall gardens open for National Garden Scheme
Sun, 30 Apr 2017 14:04:07 GMT - Mostyn Hall, set in 25 acres of formal gardens, has been one family's home for generations.
 
Retained firefighter numbers 'at nine-year low' in Wales
Sun, 30 Apr 2017 05:52:19 GMT - Fire services face difficulties with recruitment and retention of on-call staff, it is claimed.
 
British 'Syria fighter' Josh Walker accused of terror offences
Sat, 29 Apr 2017 20:25:21 GMT - Josh Walker is due to appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court on Friday.
 
Homelessness: Bishop wants more action from church
Sat, 29 Apr 2017 06:00:11 GMT - The church and others should be doing more to tackle social housing problems, the Bishop of St Asaph says.
 
Little Haven beach smoking ban to last indefinitely
Sat, 29 Apr 2017 20:35:30 GMT - Pembrokeshire council extends the ban on one of its beaches but a smokers' lobby group questions the need.
 
Council polls 'crowded out' by general election
Sat, 29 Apr 2017 05:55:24 GMT - A local government expert says there is a danger that council elections could become a 'large opinion poll'.
 
Walker airlifted after mountain fall at Crib y Ddysgl
Sat, 29 Apr 2017 18:45:32 GMT - Woman suffers suspected spinal injuries in 40ft (12m) fall in Snowdonia, rescuers say.
 
Retained firefighting rewarding job, recruits say
Sun, 30 Apr 2017 05:57:00 GMT - Retained firefighters at Port Talbot Fire Station explain what draws them to the job.
 
17th Century treasure found down rabbit hole
Sun, 30 Apr 2017 05:55:48 GMT - An increase in treasure finds in Wales is linked to a rise in metal detectorists but some artefacts are found in more unusual ways.
 
Criccieth Castle CGI reconstruction for new visitor centre
Sat, 29 Apr 2017 14:06:07 GMT - New visitor centre opens at Criccieth Castle, Gwynedd, with displays showing how it would have looked.
 

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