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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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Minecraft paedophile Adam Isaac groomed boys online
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:00:51 GMT - A man who groomed young boys through the online game Minecraft has been jailed for two years and eight months.
 
People tired of old and cramped Arriva trains, say MPs
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:48:58 GMT - There is an "urgent need" for new trains on Wales' rail network, a committee of MPs says.
 
200-year-old trees illegally cut down in Blackwood
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:55:19 GMT - Trees which were up to 200 years old are illegally cut down in Caerphilly county.
 
Donald Trump inauguration protests held across Wales
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:01:50 GMT - Welsh campaigners are to join UK-wide protests on the day Donald Trump is inaugurated as president of the United States.
 
Ryan Giggs in court battle with estranged wife Stacey
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:33:31 GMT - Former Wales and Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs is embroiled in a High Court fight over money with his estranged wife Stacey.
 
Port Talbot boxer James Tobin jailed for killing girlfriend
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:34:47 GMT - An amateur boxer who killed his girlfriend was caught after police bugged his house and heard him confess, a court hears.
 
Pushing recycling policies 'could lead to fly-tipping'
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:54:14 GMT - Implementing stricter recycling policies too fast across Wales could lead to more fly-tipping, an assembly member warns.
 
Probe over whether Plaid Cymru AM Neil McEvoy made 'threatening remark'
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:20:18 GMT - A Plaid Cymru AM has been probed by the Public Services Ombudsman over whether he made a threatening remark to a Cardiff council officer, BBC Wales learns.
 
£1.2m project to improve Glangwili hospital maternity care
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:03:34 GMT - Plans to improve the maternity and neonatal unit at Carmarthenshire's Glangwili hospital are being pushed forward.
 
Warning after metal traps found on Caerphilly mountain
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:36:31 GMT - Police are warning walkers, cyclists and horse riders to be on alert after finding metal traps placed on tracks on Caerphilly mountain.
 
Man burnt down Pontyrhodyn's Whitland farm over eviction
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:14:05 GMT - A man from Carmarthenshire burnt down his £250,000 farmhouse home while in dispute with a building society trying to get him out, a court hears.
 
Greggs ends Treforest doughnut production with 90 jobs lost
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:57:24 GMT - A Greggs factory will stop making confectionary, such as doughnuts, with 90 jobs to go, a union says.
 
Train passenger growth not accounted for, says Davies
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:48:10 GMT - People are suffering with "old and cramped" trains in Wales, an MP says.
 
British sailor comes second in race round the world
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:21:10 GMT - Welshman Alex Thomson completed the 2016-17 Vendee Globe round the world race in second place.
 
Cardiff aiming to become leading cycling city in 10 years
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:38:02 GMT - Cardiff is aiming to become one of the UK's leading cycling cities over the next 10 years.
 

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