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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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Singer and presenter Aled Jones denies 'inappropriate' behaviour
Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:31:44 GMT - The Songs of Praise presenter apologised for "occasionally juvenile" actions more than a decade ago.
 
Harassment in politics will take time to address, AM says
Sun, 19 Nov 2017 15:34:25 GMT - "There are many reasons" abuse and harassment victims in politics do not come forward, an AM says.
 
Drink-drive tests focused on tip-offs, says commissioner
Sun, 19 Nov 2017 15:05:48 GMT - Intelligence-led approach is catching a higher proportion of drink-drivers, insists commissioner
 
NHS 'birthplace' Tredegar's GP services 'unsustainable'
Sun, 19 Nov 2017 07:00:22 GMT - A report warns GP and other health services are "not fit for purpose" in Tredegar.
 
Plaid Cymru leader wants ministers policed independently
Sun, 19 Nov 2017 11:00:29 GMT - Leanne Wood renews call for a new body to have oversight of the Welsh Government ministerial code.
 
Chris Coleman: Sunderland boss says uncommitted players will be moved on
Sun, 19 Nov 2017 22:07:51 GMT - New Sunderland manager Chris Coleman says he will look to quickly get rid of players lacking commitment.
 
Smart speaker technology trial to aid supported living
Sun, 19 Nov 2017 07:37:17 GMT - A £15,000 trial to see if devices such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home can help disabled people.
 
Lottery grant to fund WWI shipwreck search project
Sun, 19 Nov 2017 18:46:49 GMT - Researchers will scour the seas off Wales' coastline to search for ships sunk during World War One.
 
Dyfed-Powys Police confirm Caldey Island sex abuse reports
Sat, 18 Nov 2017 19:33:04 GMT - The Guardian newspaper reports Caldey Abbey paid compensation to six women who were abused as children.
 
Fly-tipping: Asbestos rubbish dumping hits 10-year high
Sat, 18 Nov 2017 05:59:41 GMT - Fly-tipping continues to rise in Wales, with illegal dumping of asbestos up 50% on 2016.
 
Two taken to hospital after crash near Glasbury, Powys
Sat, 18 Nov 2017 21:41:21 GMT - Police close the road following the accident involving two cars near Glasbury.
 
Carl Sargeant's funeral set to take place in his hometown
Sat, 18 Nov 2017 20:49:47 GMT - The Alyn and Deeside AM is believed to have taken his own life after inappropriate behaviour allegations.
 
Smart speakers 'give more independence' to disabled people
Sun, 19 Nov 2017 17:03:37 GMT - A £15,000 trial will see if devices such as Amazon Echo and Google Home can help disabled people.
 
Political harassment: Students give their response
Sun, 19 Nov 2017 06:50:46 GMT - Politics students give their views on harassment allegations at Westminster and the Welsh Assembly.
 
Technology can help people with disabilities 'live better'
Sun, 19 Nov 2017 07:37:01 GMT - Innovate to Save awards £15,000 to a project using technology to help people living with disabilities.
 

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