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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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Latest News In Wales

Action to stop litter ruining Barry Island and Porthcawl beaches
Fri, 25 May 2018 23:48:38 GMT - Extra bins and litter pickers are brought in after day-trippers left some beaches covered in rubbish.
 
Bank holiday weekend flood warning for Wales
Fri, 25 May 2018 13:52:54 GMT - Heavy rain, hail and strong wind is expected to affect the entire country this weekend.
 
Paddle steamer MV Oliver Cromwell sinks off Anglesey coast
Fri, 25 May 2018 20:25:25 GMT - A boat called the MV Oliver Cromwell sunk off the coast of Anglesey on Friday afternoon.
 
Biggest Weekend: Manic Street Preachers pull off 'Wireless' set
Fri, 25 May 2018 22:23:51 GMT - The Welsh band play a triumphant Biggest Weekend show, despite the loss of their bassist, Nicky Wire.
 
UKIP apology to Labour AM over member's 'tacky' video
Sat, 26 May 2018 06:53:38 GMT - Three AMs say sorry for video about a Labour member but the UKIP AM who made it will not apologise.
 
Missing Coleby twins remembered 75 years after deaths
Fri, 25 May 2018 18:06:23 GMT - The disappearance of the three-year-olds in 1943 sparked a massive search that ended in tragedy.
 
Smoking ban plan for playgrounds and hospital grounds
Fri, 25 May 2018 09:11:55 GMT - A strengthening of laws to ban smoking in public places in Wales is being put forward.
 
Poor broadband means Conwy valley girl does homework in lay-by
Fri, 25 May 2018 11:26:15 GMT - A 12-year-old is so frustrated by no broadband - she has to do homework in the car a mile from home.
 
Hirwaun father shot and stabbed son in row over pizza
Fri, 25 May 2018 18:01:30 GMT - Darren Moses attacked his son when he intervened in a dispute between his parents.
 
North Wales Police: Steroid gang jailed for more than 45 years
Fri, 25 May 2018 16:21:15 GMT - The 16-member gang earned about £1.2m from selling the drugs in two years, Mold Crown Court heard.
 
Vaughan Gething 'optimistic' of Labour leadership support
Fri, 25 May 2018 12:17:23 GMT - The health secretary has the backing of four AMs to succeed First Minister Carwyn Jones.
 
Climate change: Welsh emissions target progress 'disappointing'
Fri, 25 May 2018 07:12:36 GMT - Pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% had been "ambitious, but attainable"
 
Litter clean-up in Cardiff Bay before Volvo Ocean Race arrival
Sat, 26 May 2018 06:41:38 GMT - Groups of people clear rubbish from Cardiff Bay ahead of the Volvo Ocean Race arriving in the city.
 
Barry Island litter: 'There'll be no excuse not to use a bin'
Fri, 25 May 2018 23:46:59 GMT - Extra bins are being placed near one of Wales' most popular beaches to try to stop litter ruining it.
 
Scott Mills: Swansea 'won't know what's hit it' at Biggest Weekend
Fri, 25 May 2018 05:05:12 GMT - BBC Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills says Swansea "won't know what's hit it" as it prepares for The Biggest Weekend.
 

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