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World Atlas: United Kingdom

World Atlas: United Kingdom. On this page you can see the map, country flag and many detailed information about the people, history and economy of United Kingdom.

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Information about United Kingdom

Here you can find online selected information about the geography, inhabitants, government, economy and history of United Kingdom. Included are selected statistics, an overview map and the detailed map of United Kingdom. But let's start with the flag of United Kingdom here:

United Kingdom - Overview:

What you should know about United Kingdom? Let's start with this: The United Kingdom has historically played a leading role in developing parliamentary democracy and in advancing literature and science. At its zenith in the 19th century, the British Empire stretched over one-fourth of the earth's surface. The first half of the 20th century saw the UK's strength seriously depleted in two world wars and the Irish Republic's withdrawal from the union. The second half witnessed the dismantling of the Empire and the UK rebuilding itself into a modern and prosperous European nation. As one of five permanent members of the UN Security Council and a founding member of NATO and the Commonwealth, the UK pursues a global approach to foreign policy. The Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales, and the Northern Ireland Assembly were established in 1998. The UK has been an active member of the EU since its accession in 1973, although it chose to remain outside the Economic and Monetary Union. However, motivated in part by frustration at a remote bureaucracy in Brussels and massive migration into the country, UK citizens on 23 June 2016 narrowly voted to leave the EU. The UK and the EU are currently negotiating the terms of the UK's withdrawal and will discuss a framework for their future relationship ahead of the UK's scheduled departure from the bloc on 29 March 2019.

Geography of United Kingdom

Where on the globe is United Kingdom? The location of this country is Western Europe, islands - including the northern one-sixth of the island of Ireland - between the North Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea; northwest of France. Total area of United Kingdom is 243,610 sq km, of which 241,930 sq km is land. So this is quite a large country. How could we describe the terrain of the country? This way: mostly rugged hills and low mountains; level to rolling plains in east and southeast. The lowest point of United Kingdom is The Fens -4 m, the highest point Ben Nevis 1,343 m. And the climate is temperate; moderated by prevailing southwest winds over the North Atlantic Current; more than one-half of the days are overcast.

Inhabitants of United Kingdom

Let's take a look how many people live in United Kingdom. The number is: 64,769,452 (July 2017 est.). So quite a lot people live here. Who lives here? white 87.2%, black/African/Caribbean/black British 3%, Asian/Asian British: Indian 2.3%, Asian/Asian British: Pakistani 1.9%, mixed 2%, other 3.7% (2011 est.). What are the languages in United Kingdom? English. And the religions: Christian (includes Anglican, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist) 59.5%, Muslim 4.4%, Hindu 1.3%, other 2%, unspecified 7.2%, none 25.7% (2011 est.). How old are the people in average? 40.5 years. We have to add that this number is the median - so one half of the people is older than this, one half is younger. And what is their life expectancy (at birth)? This: 80.8 years. Where the people live in United Kingdom? Here: the core of the population lies in and around London, with significant clusters found in central Britain around Manchester and Liverpool, in the Scotish lowlands between Endinburgh and Glasgow, southern Wales in and around Cardiff, and far eastern Northern Ireland centered on Belfast. The major urban areas of United Kingdom are: London (capital) 10.313 million; Manchester 2.646 million; Birmingham 2.515 million; Glasgow 1.223 million; Southampton/Portsmouth 882,000; Liverpool 870,000 (2015).

Government and Economy of United Kingdom

The capital of United Kingdom is London and the government type parliamentary constitutional monarchy; a Commonwealth realm. Let's take a look at the administrative divisions - 27 two-tier counties, 32 London boroughs and 1 City of London or Greater London, 36 metropolitan districts, 56 unitary authorities (including 4 single-tier counties). Regarding the economy of United Kingdom, important industrial products are machine tools, electric power equipment, automation equipment, railroad equipment, shipbuilding, aircraft, motor vehicles and parts, electronics and communications equipment, metals, chemicals, coal, petroleum, paper and paper products, food processing, textiles, clothing, other consumer goods. Important agricultural products are cereals, oilseed, potatoes, vegetables; cattle, sheep, poultry; fish. The most important export commodities are manufactured goods, fuels, chemicals; food, beverages, tobacco and the most important export partners are US 14.8%, Germany 10.7%, France 6.4%, Netherlands 6.2%, Ireland 5.6%, Switzerland 4.6%, China 4.4% (2016). The most important import commodities are manufactured goods, machinery, fuels; foodstuffs and the most important import partners are Germany 13.6%, US 9.3%, China 9.2%, Netherlands 7.4%, France 5.2%, Belgium 4.9%, Switzerland 4.5% (2016). How rich is United Kingdom and how rich are people in this country? The most important number here is GDP per capita (PPP): $43,600 (2017 est.). This means the people are rich on average here. Let's add that this means Gross Domestic Product per person, which is recalculated with respect to the relative cost of local goods and services. And one more important number - population below poverty line: 15% (2013 est.).

Map of United Kingdom

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