Great Britain is a small country in the north-west of Europe. The full name of the country is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The capital of Great Britain is London. It consists of four “historical provinces”: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The state is located in the British Isles. The area of great Britain is 243 809 km2.
National composition: English-81.5%, Scottish-9.6%, Irish-2.4%, Welsh-1.9%, people from the West Indies, India, Pakistan, etc. – 2.8%. Languages: English, Welsh (spoken by about a quarter of the population of Wales), Scottish dialect of Gaelic (about 60 thousand people in Scotland).
The state religion is Anglican (27 million people) in England and Wales (the head of the church is the monarch), Presbyterian in Scotland (headed by the General Assembly, which includes representatives of both clergy and laity), Roman Catholic – 9 million people, Muslims – 1.6 million people.
The state currency is the pound sterling, Pound, British Pound (£) .1 The pound sterling consists of 100 pence.
Country code of United Kingdom is +44 and the domain is .uk.
The national symbols of Great Britain are its flag, the Royal Coat of Arms and the national anthem.
During the heyday of Great Britain as a colonial power, British cuisine was strongly influenced by the cuisine of “overseas” countries, primarily India. For example, the Anglo-Indian chicken dish — tikka masala – is considered a real British “national dish”.
The most popular sports in the UK are: football, cricket, rugby, golf, track and field, badminton, squash and curling. In England and Scotland, football is considered as a national sport, and it is a passion of many Britons.
Tea is a traditional British drink. So, the British drink 165 million cups of tea every day, while the majority (98%) drink it with milk, and only 30% add sugar to tea. Tea is not only a traditional drink, but one of the national symbols of Britain.View the national symbols of United Kingdom below: