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Capital: London


Total Population: 65,637,239
Natural Increase: 0.8%
Density: 271 Inhabitants/km²
Urban Population: 82.8%
Population of main metropolitan areas: London (12,090,254); Birmingham (1,919,346); Manchester (1,885,530); Leeds (1,181,206); Newcastle (1,065,336); Glasgow (956,593); Liverpool (943,613); Sheffield (898,347); Nottingham (849,372); Bristol (815,137)
Ethnic Origins: European origin (about 87%), African origin (about 3%), Indian (about 3%), Pakistani (about 2%), mixed (about 2%) and other origin (about 3%). (Office of National Statistics)
Official Language: English. Welsh in Wales.
Other Languages Spoken: Scots and Scottish Gaelic in Scotland, Irish Gaelic in Northern Ireland
Business Language(s): English
Religion: Anglicans 46.3% 
Catholics 21.5% 
Muslims - Sunni 10.8% 
Sikhs 4.2% 
Protestants 2.6% 
Hindus 1.4% 
Jewish 1.3% 
Others 11.9%.
National Currency: British Pound (GBP) 
Exchange rate (average of the last 30 days): 
1 GBP = 1.1365 EUR

Country Overview

Area: 243,610 km²
Type of State: The United Kingdom is a constitutional monarchy based on parliamentary democracy. It is divided into four parts called constituent countries: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The UK is a unitary state with partial devolution of power in Scotland, Wales, and in Northern Ireland.
Type of Economy: High-income economy, OECD member, G8 member. 
Second greatest financial market in the world. The country was hard hit by the economic crisis, but is recovering. High public deficit.
HDI*: 0.907/1
HDI (World Rank): 14/188

Note: (*) The HDI, Human Development Index, is an Indicator Which Synthesizes Several Data Such as Life Expectancy, Level of Education, Professional Careers, Access to Culture etc.


Telephone Code: 
To call from the United Kingdom, dial 00 
To call the United Kingdom, dial +44
Internet Suffix: .uk
Computers: 80.2 per 100 Inhabitants
Telephone Lines: 52.6 per 100 Inhabitants
Internet Users: 87.0 per 100 Inhabitants
Access to Electricity: 100% of the Population

Foreign Trade in Figures

Foreign Trade Indicators20112012201320142015
Imports of Goods (million USD)676,896695,220660,034690,466625,806
Exports of Goods (million USD)506,570472,792540,616505,205460,446
Imports of Services (million USD)191,445195,675202,225210,230207,704
Exports of Services (million USD)304,080317,153332,276361,350345,052

Source: WTO – World Trade Organisation, 2016

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Last Updates: June 2017