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British Life and Culture

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British life and culture - England, Scotland and Wales
Facts about England


EnglandNational Symbol and flag

England is 74 times smaller than the USA,
59 times smaller than Australia and
3 times smaller than Japan.

England is about the size of Alabama.
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EnglandWhere is England?

England is in north-west Europe and is in the southern part of Great Britain. It is an island country and also part of the United Kingdom (UK) .

England is the largest country in Great Britain and the UK. It is sometimes, wrongly, used in reference to the whole United Kingdom, the entire island of Great Britain, or indeed the British Isles. This is not only incorrect but can cause offence to people from other parts of the UK. (Nationality of the British people).

Nearly 84% of the population of the UK lives in England, mainly in the major cities and metropolitan areas.

Does England have its own government?

England has not had a separate political identity since 1707, when Great Britain was established as a political entity. There is no government or parliament just for England.

How far is England from mainland Europe?

England is only 35 km from France and is now linked by a tunnel under the English Channel.

What is the land like in England?

The south of England is mostly low-lying land, with hills and agricultural land and the north of England is mostly covered in moorland and mountains.
Find out more about the land

The National Flag of England

Flag of England

Harry Potter

The author of the Harry Potter books, JK Rowling, was born in Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire, England.

Why and How does England dominate the UK?

Find out what England is famous for

English Stereotypes

English Symbols

Country Facts

Dieu et mon droit (God and my right)
Cross of St George
National Day:

Geographic coordinates:

54 00 N, 2 00 W
129,720 sq km
50,085 sq miles
49,561,800 (2002)
Nationality :
English and British
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Time Zone :
GMT/UTC 0 (Greenwich Mean Time (British Summer Time during daylight savings))
Temperate; moderated by prevailing southwest winds over the North Atlantic Current
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Capital City:
Major Cities:
Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield
Anthem (Song):
Official Language:
Main religions:
Highest point:
Scafell Pike 978 m (3210 ft)
Lowest Point:
The Fens, 4.6 metres (15 feet) below sea level
Longest river:

Thames (346 km)

The Severn is officially Britain's longest river as it flows through both Wales and England.

Largest Lake:
Windermere (14.7 sq km)
Highest Waterfall:
Cauldron Snout (Cumbria) 60 metres (200 feet) high
Tallest Building:
1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf (London), 245 metres (800 feet) high
The busiest airport:
London Heathrow, with 53.8 million passengers.
Official Animal

Questions about England

Why does England dominate the UK? next

Questions about Great Britain

What is Great Britain?
Is Britain the same as Great Britain?
Which countries are in Great Britain?

Find out about Great Britain next

Questions about the United Kingdom

Where is the UK?
What countries make up the UK?
What is the official title (name) of the UK?
Why is the whole of Ireland not part of the UK?
How and why was the UK formed?

Find out about the UK next

Questions about the British Isles

What are the British Isles?

Find out about the British Isles next

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