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___ United KingdomDestination Great Britain, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) and Britain, is a country in northern Europe that consists of England, Wales, Scotland, and the province of Northern Ireland which occupies the northeastern part of the island of Ireland. The UK is located on an archipelago known as the British Isles with the main islands of Great Britain and Ireland, and the surrounding island groups of the Hebrides, the Shetlands, the Orkneys, the Isle of Man and the Isle of Wight. The United Kingdom is located off the northern coast of France, and west of Sweden and Denmark, between the North Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean.
Comparison: with an area of 242,900 km² the United Kingdom itself is not quite half the size of Spain, or slightly smaller than the U.S. state of Oregon.
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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
British Union Flag - The Union Jack
Four constituent nations form the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). Great Britain, the dominant industrial and maritime power of the 19th century, played a leading role in developing parliamentary democracy and in advancing literature and science. At its zenith, 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. 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, a founding member of NATO, and of the Commonwealth, the UK pursues a global approach to foreign policy; it currently is weighing the degree of its integration with continental Europe.
A member of the EU, it chose to remain outside of the European Monetary Union for the time being. Constitutional reform is also a significant issue in the UK. Regional assemblies with varying degrees of power opened in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland in 1999.
Border counties: Ireland, the UK shares maritime borders with Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, and Faroe Islands (Denmark)
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
conventional short form: United Kingdom
ISO Country Code: GB
Internet identification code: uk
Time Zone: Western European Time Zone (WET). Western European Standard Time is Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
Local Time = UTC No UTC offset
Daylight Saving Time (DST) March - October (UTC +1)
Actual Time: Wed-May-4 02:52
Country Calling Code: +44
Capital City: London (metropolitan pop. about 7.8 million)
Belfast, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield.
Constitution: Unwritten; partly statutes, partly common law and practice.
Location: 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
Area: 243,000 km² (93,000 sq. mi.)
Terrain: 30% arable, 50% meadow and pasture, 12% waste or urban, 7% forested, 1% inland water.
Land use: 25% arable, 46% meadows and pastures, 10% forests and woodland, 19% other.
Very British: more than one-half of the days are overcast; generally mild and temperate; moderated by prevailing southwest winds over the North Atlantic Current.
Nationality: Noun--Briton(s). Adjective--British.
Population: 62 million (2010)
Major ethnic groups: British, Irish, West Indian, South Asian.
Major religions: Church of England (Anglican), Roman Catholic, Church of Scotland (Presbyterian), Muslim.
Major languages: English, Welsh, Irish Gaelic, Scottish Gaelic.
Natural resources: Coal, oil, natural gas, tin, limestone, iron ore, salt, clay, chalk, gypsum, lead, silica.
Agriculture products: Cereals, oilseed, potatoes, vegetables; cattle, sheep, poultry; fish.
Industries: 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, and other consumer goods.
Exports partners: USA 15.7%, Germany 10.5%, France 9.5%, Netherlands 6.9%, Ireland 6.5%, Belgium 5.6%, Spain 4.4%, Italy 4.4% (2003)
Imports partners: Germany 13.5%, USA 10.2%, France 8.1%, Netherlands 6.3%, Belgium 4.9%, Italy 4.7% (2003)
Currency: British Pound £ (GBP)
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Official Sites of United KingdomThe British Monarchy
The Royal Web site.
United Kingdom Parliament
consists of the
House of Commons
House of Lords
Number 10 Downing Street
The official site of the British Prime Minister's .
UK government information and services.
Foreign & Commonwealth Office Britain and the EU
Provides detailed information on Britain's relationship with the EU.
Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO)
The British Government department responsible for overseas relations and foreign affairs.
United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations
Britain at the United Nations, the United Kingdom is one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.
The British Embassy, Washington D.C.
UK Embassies Overseas
Address list of UK Embassies Abroad.
Foreign Embassies in the UK
Address list of Foreign Embassies in the UK.
Official UK statistics and information about statistics.
The Met Office
UK's national meteorological service.
Map of the United Kingdom
Detailed Map of the United Kingdom.
Google Map United Kingdom
Searchable map and satellite view of the United Kingdom.
Google Map London
Searchable map and satellite view of London.
Google Map Birmingham
Searchable map and satellite view of Birmingham.
Google Map Manchester
Searchable map and satellite view of Manchester.
Google Map Cardiff
Searchable map and satellite view of Cardiff.
Google Map Edinburgh
Searchable map and satellite view of Edinburgh.
Google Map Glasgow
Searchable map and satellite view of Glasgow.
Google Map the Tower Bridge
Satellite view with information about London's Tower Bridge.
Map of Europe
Political Map of Europe.
The British Broadcasting Corporation online.
BBC News Online
News site of the British Broadcasting Corporation.
The Financial Times
National and international news.
National morning broadsheet.
A major 'conservative' broadsheet.
A well-known British Newspaper online.
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Arts & CultureBritish Library, The
One of the world's great knowledge institutions.
A comprehensive listing of the arts in the UK.
The museum is dedicated to human history and culture, London.
Beatles Ultimate Experience
Beatles Interviews, Photos, and Animations.
Contemporary British music.
The Rolling Stones
Traditional British music.
the state51 conspiracy
the revolution is music.
The National Gallery
The national collection of Western European painting, London.
The Royal Academy of Arts
Fine arts from the 18th century to the present.
National collections of British Art.
Yale Center for British Art
The Yale Center for British Art houses the most comprehensive collection of British paintings, prints, drawings, rare books, and sculpture outside Great Britain.
Business & EconomyBank of England
London Stock Exchange
British Chambers of Commerce, The
London Chamber of Commerce and Industry
UK Trade & Investment
UK government organisation helping UK companies to do business abroad.
Department of Trade and Industry - DTI
Dos and Dont's
Etiquette Guide: The UK
How to Succeed Royally in Britain.
UK's second largest airline, serves over 30 European destinations.
The Kingdoms national airline.
Virgin Atlantic Airways
Privately held UK airline.
High-speed passenger train linking London, Paris and Brussels.
Train travel in the UK.
A typical British car.
The Body Shop
Natural Cosmetics with a high level responsibility for fair trade.
The world's first fine art auctioneers.
Essential British Kit.
Typical British cars.
Marks & Spencer
The Scotland Yard homepage.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
Also very typical British car, unfortunately now owned by BMW.
The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.
Destination United Kingdom - Country GuidesVisit Britain
The British Tourist Authority Web Site.
UK in pictures.
Guardian Unlimited: Travel United Kingdom
The Guardian's guide to UK.
London at a glance with map.
Page about Birmingham with map.
About the capital of Wales.
Scotland's capital with map.
About the city of Glasgow.
Manchester info with map.
Hotels in the United Kingdom
Find a Hotel in the United Kingdom.
More Travel and Tour Guides can be found at the separate pages of:
England, London Northern Ireland Scotland Wales
Travel and Tour Consumer Information
Education & ResearchEton College
The Eton College Web Page.
London School of Economics and Political Science
Founded in 1895, teaching and research across the full range of the social, political and economic sciences.
Oxford Brookes University
Named Best New University 2001-2005 by the Sunday Times University Guide.
University of Cambridge
Welcome to the University of Cambridge.
University College London
Founded in 1826, UCL is consistently ranked in the top three multifaculty UK universities.
University of Nottingham
University of Rochester
University of Oxford
Home page of the University of Oxford.
University of Sussex
Founded in the 1960s, the University has become a leading teaching and research institution in the UK.
A Guide to UK Universities, written by and for students.
University Guide by EducationGuardian.co.uk
Comprehensive source of information on the UK's academic sector, provides university rankings, university statistics and student statistics.
ScienceThe Geological Society
UK's national society for geoscience.
Royal Geographical Society
Founded in 1830 for the advancement of geographical science.
Royal Observatory Greenwich
Home of the Prime Meridian of the world.
The Science Museum, London improve scientific and technical education.
Environment & NatureNatural Environment Research Council
The Natural Environment Research Council delivers independent research, survey, training and knowledge transfer in the environmental sciences, to advance knowledge of planet Earth as a complex, interacting system.
The National Trust
The NGO organisation of the National Trust acts as a guardian for the nation in the acquisition and protection of threatened coastline, countryside and buildings.
The Tree Council
Working towards: Making trees matter to everyone - More trees, of the right kind, in the right place - Better care for all trees, of all ages.
HistoryA - The National Archives
The National Archives of England, Wales and the United Kingdom, explore over 1 000 years of history from Domesday to the present day.
Dedicated to understanding the early medieval Arthurian legend.
Comprehensive information of the UK's past.
The Camelot Project
Database of Arthurian texts, images, bibliographies, and basic information, University of Rochester.
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University
Digital facsimiles of complete manuscripts.
Historical Manuscripts Commission
Information about the existence, location and nature of manuscripts and records for the study of British history.
History of the Monarchy
The history of the oldest institution of government in the United Kingdom.
Richard III Society
The life and times of Richard III.
The Avalon Project at the Yale Law School
Digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government.
History of the United Kingdom
Primary Documents, from Antiquity through the Present.
Knighthood, Chivalry & Tournaments Resource Library
World Heritage Sites in the United Kingdom
WWW-VL: HISTORY of the United Kingdom
Founded in 1753, this is the world's oldest museum.
Museum of the City of London
The world's largest urban history museum and Europe's largest archaeological archive.
The National Museum of Science & Industry
Illustrating the history and contemporary practice of science, technology, medicine and industry.
National Maritime Museum
The largest Maritime Museum in the World.
The Natural History Museum
Promoting the discovery, understanding, responsible use and enjoyment of the natural world.
Marching Soldiers at Festival of History
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London based site of a creative writing community where anyone can tell their stories and read the stories of others.
Oxford English Dictionary
The last word on words for the English language.
With the First Web Folio Edition of Shakespeare's Works.
Flag of England
The St. George's Cross
Glastonbury - The Tor
Area: 130 423 sq. km
Population: 49 290 000
Capital City: London
Visitors guide to England.
Mayor of London, the London Assembly and the Greater London Authority
The Official Site for London, Capital of the United Kingdom.
The London visitors guide.
Isle of Avalon - Glastonbury
An inspirational guide to what's special about Glastonbury.
Brighton and Hove
Brighton and Hove visitors guide.
Northumbria Tourist Board
Visitors guide to Northumbria, covers the counties of Durham, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and the Tees Valley area.
South Warwickshire Tourism visitors guide to Historic Warwick, Kenilworth, Royal Leamington Spa, Stratford-upon-Avon and aurrounding area
Somerset visitors guide.
South East England Tourist Board
Yorkshire Tourist Board
Search engine and directory.
Open Directory: United Kingdom
Additional Information on United KingdomNorthern Ireland Scotland Wales
Wikipedia: United Kingdom
The World Factbook -- United Kingdom
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