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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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Storm Doris winds reach 94mph in Wales
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:17:10 GMT - Storm Doris brings 94mph gusts and causes disruption to travel and power supplies across Wales.
 
Welsh MP takes Brexit petition to European Parliament
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:47:36 GMT - Cynon Valley MP Ann Clwyd petitions the European Parliament to take action over Brexit.
 
Llandaff Cathedral new bishop vote ends with no result
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:41:22 GMT - An election to decide the new Bishop of Llandaff ends with no result.
 
Wrexham man jailed for biting off part of another man's ear
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 22:51:09 GMT - A man is jailed for four-and-a-half years for biting off part of another man's ear in a "moment of madness".
 
At least 397 Syrian refugees resettled in Wales
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:52:01 GMT - The number of Syrian refugees in Wales has reached 397, according to figures from the Home Office.
 
Daily Post now Wales' best-selling regional newspaper
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:27:25 GMT - The Daily Post is now Wales' best-selling regional newspaper, although the print sector remains in long-term decline.
 
£1 million lotto winner has hours before losing prize
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:08:58 GMT - A £1m Euromillions prize winner is urged to come forward to claim their prize, just hours before it will be lost.
 
Deeside skirt-row school to consider 'tailored trousers'
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:02:53 GMT - A Deeside school which planned a skirts-only policy for girls will now consider "tailored trousers".
 
May target to seal Swansea Liberty Stadium deal
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:40:58 GMT - Councillors hope a deal for Swansea's Liberty Stadium could be struck before May's election, BBC Wales understands.
 
Terror trial set for call centre worker Nathan Saunders
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:16:14 GMT - A call centre worker accused of downloading so-called Islamic State manuals is set to stand trial in the summer.
 
Holywell woman's death led to mental health care changes
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:35:25 GMT - The death of a psychiatric patient has led to major changes in mental health care in north Wales, an inquest hears.
 
Shot-dead teenager's family 'lost a beautiful soul'
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:42:04 GMT - The family of a teenager who died after being shot in a Gwynedd pub car park pay tribute to him.
 
Megan Evans, 14, 'killed herself after being bullied'
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:28:07 GMT - The mother of a 14-year-old says her daughter killed herself after being bullied on social media.
 
Storm Doris 'caused havoc' but conditions will ease
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:52:25 GMT - "Storm Doris has been causing havoc" but conditions will ease, BBC Wales weather forecaster Behnaz Akhgar says.
 
Abergavenny Chronicle 'unashamedly traditional' newspaper
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:46:16 GMT - As the latest regional newspaper circulation figures come out, Liz Davies, editor of the weekly Abergavenny Chronicle talks about how there is still room for traditional papers.
 

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