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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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Schools to stay shut as temperatures set to hit -14C
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:19:43 GMT - Mountain roads will remain closed overnight following a day which saw nearly 600 schools shut.
 
Dyfed-Powys Police cell safety call over severed fingers
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:10:39 GMT - Jamie Clark lost part of three fingers when they became trapped in a Dyfed-Powys Police cell door.
 
St Davids Christmas Mud Run: 17 people with hypothermia
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:53:35 GMT - A woman breaks her ankle and 17 runners collapse with hypothermia at a Christmas Mud Run.
 
Ex-Swansea City director 'bullied' into leaving role
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:57:03 GMT - A tribunal hears a former Swansea City director was "bullied and intimidated" into leaving the club.
 
Crews tackle blaze at Capestone poultry farm, Haverfordwest
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:56:12 GMT - More than 30 firefighters are tackling the blaze at the site near Haverfordwest.
 
Skin betting: 500,000 children gamble every week, Gambling Commission warns
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 22:28:14 GMT - Gamers as young as 11 bet using virtual weapons within video games which are then exchanged for cash.
 
Tax cut on Welsh homes worth up to £180,000
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:31:35 GMT - Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford had initially announced a tax cut for homes worth up to £150,000.
 
Body of missing Glenn Nayler found at Fforest Fawr
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:42:46 GMT - Glenn Nayler, 35, was last seen in February 2015.
 
North Wales and Dyfed-Powys police top drink-drive crackdown
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:33:12 GMT - North Wales Police prosecutes the second highest number of drink-drivers per population, while Dyfed-Powys Police is fourth.
 
Branch sheltering snow from Michael Owen's car falls on it
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:35:27 GMT - The former England striker had tried to protect his car from snow overnight ahead of an early start.
 
Calves killed in large barn fire near Abergele
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:24:44 GMT - Livestock, hay and straw were involved in the blaze and the building has partially collapsed.
 
Geraint Davies MP calls for second EU referendum
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 06:28:38 GMT - A Swansea West MP says there is a "growing appetite" for a vote on the final Brexit deal.
 
Temperatures to plummet to -14C in parts of Wales
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:30:50 GMT - Monday will be the coldest December night since 2010 according to forecasts.
 
Hurt man rescued after Ton Pentre sledging accident
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:39:21 GMT - The man was taken to hospital with "potentially severe injuries" after landing in a ravine.
 
Fire crews tackle Capestone poultry farm blaze
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:16:41 GMT - More than 30 firefighters are on the scene near Walwyn's Castle in Pembrokeshire.
 

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