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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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Calls for Welsh mothers' mental health unit
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 05:47:40 GMT - A specialist mother and baby mental health unit in Wales should be reinstated, a charity says.
 
Households to increase by 10.5% by 2039, report says
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 13:45:33 GMT - The number of households in Wales is expected to rise by 10.5% within the next two decades, a report shows.
 
Huge Bwlch mountain fire out after crews forced back
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 19:01:02 GMT - Crews withdraw from a huge mountain grass fire in Rhondda Cynon Taff because it is too dangerous.
 
Jones: Leader change 'last thing needed' during Brexit
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 13:01:45 GMT - First Minister Carwyn Jones says he has given "no thought" to standing down.
 
Ysgol y Llys school wins at international film festival
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:16:38 GMT - A Prestatyn primary school has won an international film festival award with a documentary about Wales' traditional wool industry.
 
Joe Hulston named in fatal crash in Llancynfelyn, Ceredigion
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:05:45 GMT - Police name a 19-year-old man who died after a car crash in Ceredigion on Saturday morning.
 
Wales can win in Serbia without Gareth Bale says Chris Gunter
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 22:30:44 GMT - Chris Gunter says Wales will prove they are not a one-man team as they attempt to keep their World Cup qualification hopes alive without Gareth Bale.
 
Ann Clwyd autobiography: 'No regrets' for Iraq war support
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:41:55 GMT - Veteran MP Ann Clwyd says she still has no regrets about her support for the second Iraq war.
 
Gorseinion man hit by falling lights named as Gerald Macey
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 20:23:06 GMT - A man who was killed by falling traffic lights is named as Gerald Macey as a driver is arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
 
Man, 19, dies after Llancynfelyn, Ceredigion car crash
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 17:31:06 GMT - A 19-year-old man dies after a car crash in Ceredigion, Dyfed-Powys Police says.
 
BBC film crew spots wanted drug smuggler Terrence Earle
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 07:02:50 GMT - One of Wales' most wanted criminals was caught after he blundered into BBC cameras filming abroad, it is revealed.
 
London attacker's mum's Carmarthenshire home searched
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:42:38 GMT - A Carmarthenshire home searched as part of investigations into the London terror attack belongs to the attacker's mother.
 
Which artwork should be in a Welsh national gallery?
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 19:50:03 GMT - As plans for a national gallery of modern Welsh art are drawn up, BBC Wales asks which pieces should feature.
 
Pembrokeshire stable boy reunited with 'warrior' racehorse
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 16:58:25 GMT - A retired racehorse is returned to the Pembrokeshire stable boy who put him on the road to success.
 
Woolly win for Prestatyn school's film
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:32:44 GMT - A Prestatyn primary school wins an international film festival award with a documentary about Wales' traditional wool industry.
 

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