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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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Severn tolls abolished by end of 2018, says Alun Cairns
Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:13:19 GMT - The fees paid on entry to Wales - from £6.70 to £20 - have long been a source of contention.
 
Boss jailed for taking £1.3m from Swansea homeless charity
Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:57:22 GMT - Robert Davies forged invoices and spent £100,000 on boats, £26,000 on airfares and £80,000 at a top hotel.
 
First Welsh Supreme Court judge appointed
Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:49:08 GMT - Lord Justice Lloyd Jones, one of three new justices, was born and brought up in Pontypridd
 
Mother and son in court accused of murdering woman, 84
Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:01:01 GMT - Betty Guy, 84, died in 2011 with her daughter Penelope John and grandson Barry Rogers accused of murder.
 
Heavy rain and strong winds set for parts of Wales
Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:03:19 GMT - Strong gusts could bring tree branches down and cause "hazardous" conditions for outdoor activities.
 
Aberystwyth councillor Emily Price awarded posthumous degree
Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:57:35 GMT - Emily Price fell ill and died just days after being elected to Aberystwyth town council.
 
Farm subsidies 'must be earned' - Michael Gove
Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:41:58 GMT - Environment Secretary Michael Gove plans to pay farmers for protecting the environment and creating rural jobs.
 
South Wales valleys action plan for 7,000 new jobs
Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:09:37 GMT - An action plan to create thousands of jobs will be centred around six hub towns in the south Wales valleys.
 
Police probe Tory Neath call centre law breach claims
Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:07:26 GMT - An investigation by Channel 4 News claims the Conservatives used a Neath call centre to canvass voters.
 
Towyn bus stop baby mother appeal hindered by 'misleading calls'
Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:44:58 GMT - The search for the mother of the newborn girl is hampered by 'misleading calls,' police say.
 
Rail electrification between Cardiff and Swansea scrapped
Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:49:03 GMT - The transport secretary says a faster Cardiff to Swansea journey will be achieved without "engineering works".
 
UK air traffic controllers warn of over-crowded skies
Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:02:05 GMT - Air traffic controllers are expected to guide a record 8,800 flights across the UK on Friday.
 
Severn tolls 'psychological barrier' to be scrapped
Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:07:35 GMT - Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns says the UK government will scrap the Severn bridge tolls by the end of 2018.
 
Blade for six-year-old Ffion Rudman after sepsis
Fri, 21 Jul 2017 05:18:30 GMT - Ffion used a prosthetic limb and wanted to play sports but blade was not available on the NHS in Wales.
 
Swansea rail electrification: MP claims people 'misled'
Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:37:24 GMT - Swansea East MP Carolyn Harris calls on the transport secretary to tell Parliament why rail electrification to Swansea has been dropped.
 

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