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

The UK is a country in north-western Europe. It is bordered to the south by the English Channel; to the east by the North Sea; to the west by the Irish Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.
Countries in the UK:

England, Scotland, ,Wales ,and
Northern Ireland (also known as Ulster)

Full Name:


The Union Flag

The story of the Union Flag
Geographic Coordinates:
54 00 N, 2 00 W
Type of Government :
Capital City:
Highest mountain:
Ben Nevis in Scotland, at 1,343m
(4,406 ft)
Longest river:
River Severn, 354 km (220 miles) long.
It rises in Wales and flows to the Bristol Channel.
Largest lake:
Lough Neagh (153 sq miles)
Northern Ireland
Deepest Lake:
Loch Morar in the Highlands of Scotland, 310 m (1,017 ft) deep
Highest waterfall:
Eas a'Chual Aluinn, from Glas Bheinn, also in the Highlands of Scotland, with a drop of 200 m (660 ft)
Deepest cave:
Ogof Ffynnon Ddu, Powys, Wales, 308 m (1,010 ft) deep
Most northerly point on the British mainland:
Dunnet Head, north-east Scotland
Most southerly point on the British mainland:
Lizard Point, Cornwall
Most easterly town in England:
Lowestoft, Suffolk
Climate (Find out more)
Annual mean temperature:
London 9.7C
Annual mean rainfall:
London 753mm
Noun--Briton(s). Adjective--British.
Major languages:
English, Welsh, Irish Gaelic, Scottish Gaelic.
Main Religion:
Christianity (other religions)
Major ethnic groups:
British, Irish, West Indian, South Asian.
Total population (1999)
59,054,800 (2002)
Annual population growth rate:
0.29%. (2004 est.)
Population density per
Population by region:
Scotland 5,119,000
England 49,753,000
Wales 2,937,000
N. Ireland 1,692,000
Top 5 populous cities:
London 7,285,000
Birmingham 1,018,000
Leeds 725,000
Glasgow 611,000
Sheffield 529,000
Total land area (
244,110 sq km (94,251 sq mi)
Area - comparative:

Slightly smaller than the US state of Oregon
Just under half the size of France
30 times smaller than Australia

Coast Line:
12,429 km
Just under 1,000 km (600 miles) from North to South
About 480 Km from east to west
Agricultural land:
76% (farming)
Other land use:
Natural Resources:
coal, petroleum, natural gas, tin, limestone, iron ore, salt, clay, chalk, gypsum, lead, silica, arable land .
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Daily Life (Find out more)
Average area of home (sq. m):
Percentage of homes owned:
Life expectancy - men
- women
Passenger cars (millions)
Consumer durables owned (% of households)
- Colour TVs
- Satellite/cable TV
- CD players
- Computers
- Cars
Household expenditure (% of disposable income)
- Food and spaceralcohol
- Clothing
- Rent/mortgage
- Furniture
- Medical care
- Transport
- Education & leisure
Household savings


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