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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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Tata Steel: Unions to discuss deal to keep Port Talbot open
Wed, 07 Dec 2016 06:13:09 GMT - Union leaders will meet to discuss a possible deal with Tata Steel which would keep the Port Talbot works and other UK plants open.
 
South Wales Metro: Carwyn Jones to ask EU for £110m
Wed, 07 Dec 2016 06:22:31 GMT - First Minister Carwyn Jones will ask for £110m in EU funding for the South Wales Metro project on Wednesday.
 
David Lloyd George: Secret 'double life' of ex-PM
Wed, 07 Dec 2016 06:43:33 GMT - Historian Dan Snow uncovers the double life of his great-great grandfather, David Lloyd George, for a BBC Wales documentary.
 
Pisa tests: Wales and Scotland 'dragging UK performance down'
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:29:40 GMT - Wales and Scotland's results in a major study of educational performance are "dragging the UK down", says the chief inspector of schools in England.
 
Tenancy fee ban bid in Wales by UKIP assembly members
Wed, 07 Dec 2016 07:46:08 GMT - A bid to ban tenancy fees by letting agents in Wales will be made by UKIP assembly members.
 
Anglesey zorbing centre plan set to be refused
Wed, 07 Dec 2016 07:13:08 GMT - Plans for a zorbing centre on Anglesey look set to be refused over concerns about the impact it would have on the area.
 
Birds in Wales to be kept indoors over avian flu alert
Wed, 07 Dec 2016 08:49:39 GMT - Poultry and captive birds in Wales are to be kept indoors for 30 days to protect them from catching a highly infectious strain of bird flu.
 
Michael Laudrup: Ex-Swansea boss denies he stood to profit from transfers
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 23:56:06 GMT - Former Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup denies he was sacked because of concerns he and his agent stood to profit from player transfers.
 
Men sentenced over animal attacks
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:01:56 GMT - The ringleader of a gang which carried out attacks on wild animals including setting up a cage fight between a dog and a fox is jailed.
 
University of South Wales cleaners in protest over pay
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:48:50 GMT - Cleaners working at the University of South Wales stage the first of three rallies in a protest over pay on Tuesday.
 
Man, 68, charged over Garnant Pharmacy 'stabbing'
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:12:02 GMT - A 68-year-old man is charged following a stabbing incident at a pharmacy in Carmarthenshire.
 
Carmarthenshire blogger Jacqui Thompson 'should keep home'
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:38:40 GMT - Carmarthenshire council is called on to settle a long-running case involving its chief executive and a blogger.
 
Welsh education paying the price says Sir Michael Wilshaw
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:40:20 GMT - The chief inspector of schools in England, Sir Michael Wilshaw, said Wales' poor results in a global study of educational performance was down to the Welsh Government taking away "all the accountability measures".
 
Stephen Crabb: It was all 'excruciatingly embarrassing'
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:25:40 GMT - Stephen Crabb reflects on life after the allegations that led to him to stand down.
 
Denbighshire council to consider crackdown on drones
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:46:58 GMT - Denbighshire council is to consider a crackdown on drone usage in public spaces.
 

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