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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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Cot deaths fall 64% over 11 years, ONS figures show
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:16:05 GMT - Official figures show there were 10 "sudden unexplained infant deaths" in Wales in 2015.
 
Call for mental health 'champions' to help 999 workers
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:11:08 GMT - Mind Cymru says more than 50 people have signed up to a role offering mental health support to colleagues.
 
Green Man festival: Traffic warning for Brecon Beacons
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:27:48 GMT - About 20,000 people will attend the four-day festival in the Brecon Beacons.
 
Top grade A-levels in Wales best for eight years
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:07:24 GMT - This is the best performance at the top A* and A grades at A-level since 2009.
 
Police training cash gap means 200 fewer Welsh officers, chiefs claim
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:42:17 GMT - Forces warn they may be forced to cut frontline services or lower training standards.
 
Glan Clwyd Hospital operating theatre plans approved
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:26:37 GMT - Plans are approved despite concerns patients could be at risk with a new centralised service.
 
'Ambitious' target to halve food waste in Wales by 2025
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:16:58 GMT - Though not legally-binding, it could be one of world's most ambitious food waste targets.
 
Paedophile jailed after Newport train station sting
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:28:53 GMT - Adrian Simut thought he was meeting a 14-year-old girl when he travelled from London to south Wales.
 
Becky James: Double world champion retires from cycling
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:40:29 GMT - Former cycling world champion and double Olympic silver medallist Becky James retires from international track sprint racing at age of 25.
 
Porthcawl water sports hub approved by councillors
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:33:54 GMT - Planners say the hub can be built, despite some local opposition.
 
St Mary's Church, Llanfair Kilgeddin, targeted by thieves
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:45:08 GMT - Oil lamps dating back 300 years are among items damaged at a break-in at a rural church.
 
Mark Sampson: England women boss to 'improve communication style'
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:05:06 GMT - England boss Mark Sampson says he is "looking to improve" his "general communication style" after being cleared of alleged racial abuse.
 
'Still a stigma with mental health', 999 staff say
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:17:03 GMT - Mind Cymru says more than 50 people have signed up to a role offering mental health support to colleagues.
 
Green Man music festival weather special for Crickhowell
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:34:09 GMT - BBC weather presenter Sue Charles gives the forecast for the Green Man festival in the Brecon Beacons.
 
A-levels: Kirsty Williams welcomes 'strong' results
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:07:13 GMT - The education secretary welcomes a strong set of A-level results but says she will continue to strive for improvements.
 

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