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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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Voters would reject devolution now, says Andrew RT Davies
Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:55:27 GMT - Welsh voters would reject devolution now if a referendum were held on the assembly's existence, Welsh Tory leader Andrew RT Davies says.
 
BHS' last store in Wales closes in Swansea
Sun, 28 Aug 2016 07:37:05 GMT - The last BHS store in Wales will close in Swansea, along with its final remaining shops across the UK.
 
RNLI beach safety warning after 12 UK sea deaths
Sat, 27 Aug 2016 07:08:34 GMT - Beachgoers are urged to stay safe when visiting the coast this weekend following 12 sea deaths around the UK in the past week.
 
Allied Bakeries Saltney depot to shut: 53 jobs at risk
Sat, 27 Aug 2016 11:31:29 GMT - The bread firm behind brands Kingsmill, Allinson, and Burgen announces it will shut a distribution depot in Flintshire, with up to 53 jobs at risk.
 
'Fight arrest' at Llanllyfni v Prestatyn football match
Sun, 28 Aug 2016 08:56:16 GMT - A football match in Gwynedd is abandoned after an alleged violent clash on Saturday.
 
Former WW2 shelter near Nolton Haven goes up for auction
Sat, 27 Aug 2016 11:05:10 GMT - A former World War Two shelter in Pembrokeshire, which has been used as a home, is up for auction.
 
Critical care units 'too full and understaffed'
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:44:39 GMT - Hospital departments responsible for treating the most seriously ill patients are too full and seriously understaffed, a Welsh Government report says.
 
Fly tipping fears as Machynlleth bulky waste service ends
Sat, 27 Aug 2016 07:52:33 GMT - There are fears fly tipping could increase in Powys as a bulky waste collection service ends to save costs.
 
A477 Carew crash: Motorcyclist suffers serious injuries
Sat, 27 Aug 2016 12:57:37 GMT - A motorcyclist is airlifted to hospital after crashing on the A477 in Pembrokeshire.
 
Labour AM warns of threat to devolution in Brexit vote wake
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 05:15:08 GMT - Disillusionment with politicians shown by the vote to leave the European Union could pose a threat to the assembly, a Labour AM warns.
 
'Unusual and enigmatic' long-finned pilot whales spotted off Welsh coast
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:46:27 GMT - People are urged to keep an eye out for "unusual and enigmatic" whales off the Welsh coast after scientists were told about a number of sightings.
 
Llandarcy business park blaze tackled by fire crews
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:01:51 GMT - Fire crews battle a large blaze at a business park in Neath Port Talbot.
 
Colin Yates posed as abused young girls on Facebook
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:41:56 GMT - A call centre manager who posed as abused teenage girls on Facebook and had sexual conversations with older men, is jailed.
 
'Question mark' over direction of assembly, says Welsh Conservative leader
Sun, 28 Aug 2016 07:20:05 GMT - Politicians who believe it is business as usual after the EU referendum in the assembly are living in "cloud cuckoo land", Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies has said.
 
Cardiff filmed BBC drama Casualty celebrates 30th birthday
Sat, 27 Aug 2016 10:08:51 GMT - Hospital drama Casualty, filmed in BBC Wales' Roath Lock studios in Cardiff Bay, celebrates its 30th Birthday this weekend.
 

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