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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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Mother pleads guilty to murder of seven-week-old son
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:01:06 GMT - Hannah Turtle admits suffocating her baby boy James, after changing her plea midway through her trial.
 
Two women found unconscious at Worm's Head, Rhossili
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:43:43 GMT - Two women are airlifted to hospital after being found at Worm's Head on the Gower Peninsula.
 
Dog rescued from ledge 50ft above Swansea quarry
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:16:20 GMT - Basil the collie cross is reunited with his owners after being abseiled to safety.
 
Drink price law could lead addicts to drugs, says charity
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:26:06 GMT - A proposed minimum price for alcohol could lead vulnerable homeless people to drugs, a charity suggests.
 
Six Nations 2018: Dan Biggar, Liam Williams and Leigh Halfpenny in Wales team
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:03:09 GMT - Dan Biggar returns at fly-half for Wales against Ireland in a team showing three changes from the Six Nations defeat by England.
 
Child sex offences: NSPCC Cymru say 15% rise concerning
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:40:40 GMT - Online grooming of children is becoming a significant problem in Wales, a charity warns.
 
Minister suggests Welsh Government should apologise to councils
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:44:13 GMT - Alun Davies says the Welsh Government's tone with the sector has been hectoring and arrogant in the past.
 
Caerphilly teacher warned after sending birthday card to pupil
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:31:48 GMT - The maths teacher was disciplined for sending a birthday card to a 15-year-old girl.
 
Two-thirds of offenders 'victimised' in Parc juvenile unit
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:57:50 GMT - A watchdog says violence at a young offenders institution remains "too high".
 
Flintshire council bill increase could help schools
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:03:08 GMT - A 6.7% tax increase could see freeze threat to school budgets overturned, say Flintshire leaders.
 
Welsh language commissioner role 'facing axe by stealth'
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:42:50 GMT - BBC Wales learns letters from the Welsh language commissioner to ministers have gone unanswered.
 
Welsh Bafta winner Rungano Nyoni's 'genuine shock'
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:42:23 GMT - Sat at the back at the Baftas, the debut director though she had no chance of winning an award.
 
Winter Olympics 2018: British bobsleigh's sixth after first run
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:08:54 GMT - Mica McNeill and Mica Moore finish in sixth place after the first run in the Bobsleigh heats.
 
Police use virtual reality to help tackle domestic abuse
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 21:34:55 GMT - Gwent Police are using a virtual "cave" to allow officers to test their decision making skills.
 
Anger over dying wife's drug trial revelation
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:56:17 GMT - The family of Trudy Jones only discovered at her inquest that she had unknowingly been part of a research trial.
 

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