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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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Donations for baby brothers who died in Wildmill, Bridgend
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110 Anglican churches closed in Wales in 10 years
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 13:27:58 GMT - Closure rate is steady and unlikely to change, says Church in Wales with 11 buildings currently on sale.
 
Runner Rory Coleman completes 1,000th marathon
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 19:03:43 GMT - Rory Coleman once feared he would never walk again after being struck down by a rare virus.
 
'No effect on exports' from Welsh Government overseas offices
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 06:05:18 GMT - Exports to countries where overseas offices are run have fallen, a trade body says.
 
Safety fears over social media threats to councillors
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 05:42:29 GMT - Councillors speak of getting death threats, hate messages and being hounded over service cuts.
 
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Brexit: Theresa May 'hologram' prime minister, Jones claims
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Drink-drive Buckley PC Neil Bebbington suspended by force
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Brexit: Labour must work together, Carwyn Jones says
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 17:30:03 GMT - First Minister Carwyn Jones tells the Labour Party conference Theresa May lacks the "basic skills" to negotiate a Brexit deal.
 
'Hearts go out to family' after Bridgend babies' deaths
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 14:42:15 GMT - Hundreds donate money to the family of two baby brothers who were found not breathing at a house in Bridgend.
 
Councillors trolled due to a 'lack of understanding'
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 05:47:12 GMT - A lack of understanding about what councils do is leading to councillors being trolled, the WLGA says.
 

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