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United Kingdom

Country Name

The United Kingdom, officially the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland but more commonly known as the UK or Britain.

The difference between England, Britain and the UK:

England:

It is the largest part of the United Kingdom, bordered on the north by Scotland and the Atlantic Ocean, on the west by Wales, on the north-west

by the Irish Sea, and on the east by the North Sea, while the

English Channel separates it from the European continent

to the south.

Britain:

Britain consists of England, Scotland, and Wales.

United Kingdom:

The United Kingdom consists of four countries (Britain, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland).

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Location

Located on the western side of Europe.

It includes both Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and many

small islands.

The United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and bordered

by the North Sea from the east, the English channel from the South and

the Irish Sea from the South and Southwest.

The English Channel connects Great Britain with France.

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Reason for naming the country 

 

The name "United Kingdom" refers to a union of four countries: England - Scotland - Wales - Ireland (the northern part only).

The real name of the United Kingdom is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The term "Great Britain" refers to the island of Great Britain, or piolitically to England, Scotland and Wales.

There are two explanations for why the word Great came before "Britain", the first of these explanations:

That this title is used to differentiate between Britain and similar labels,

The second explanation goes back to King James I, who wished to clarify that Britain did not rule only England and parts of Wales, but ruled the islands, thereby establishing himself as the king and ruler of the Great British Empire.

Flag

The flag was adopted on the 1st of January 1801.

 The United Kingdom's flag is blue with a white-bordered red cross and white and red X in the center.

The United Kingdom’s flag is one of the most recognized in the world.

The flag is also known as the Union Flag or the Union Jack.

The flag’s design is quite interesting, as is the story behind the design.

The flag is made up of several different elements. The cross of

Saint George (Red Cross), the patron saint of England, is superimposed on the cross of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. These are superimposed on the Saltire of Saint Andrew (white cross), who was the patron saint of Scotland.

The colors of the flag of the United Kingdom are red, white, and blue. These colors are based upon the Saltires and crosses of the patron saints of England, Ireland, and Scotland.

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Language 

English is widely used in the UK in different dialects in addition to several regional languages. 

The official language of the United Kingdom is British English.

Today, English ranks as the third most widespread language in the world. Different organizations recognize it as either an official or co-official language including the EU and the UN.

A total of 11 indigenous languages have speakers across the British Isles three of which are Romance, five Celtic, and three Germanic.                    

Minority Languages Spoken In The United Kingdom: Scottish, Welsh, Cornish, Irish, and Scottish Gaelic, there are known as Celtic Languages.

Immigrant Languages Of The United Kingdom including Punjabi, Hindi, Bengali, and Gujarati, are the largest grouping and are spoken by 2.7 percent of the UK population.

Foreign Languages Spoken In The United Kingdom including French, German, Spanish, and Italian.

Religion

The official religion in the United Kingdom is Christianity.

Nearly half of the population of the UK (49%) identifies as irreligious. This number is one of the highest in Europe.

Anglican Christianity is practiced in regional rules, such as the Church of England, Church of Scotland, Church of Ireland, and the Church of Wales.

Besides Anglicanism and Catholicism, other Christian beliefs are practiced by 17% of the British population include non-Anglican Protestants, Orthodox Christians, Presbyterians, Methodists, and Baptists.

Catholicism has a long history in the United Kingdom. For nearly 200 years, however, from the 1500s until the 1700s, the Catholic church would not recognize the English monarchy. During this time, Catholics suffered discrimination and were prohibited from voting, joining Parliament, and owning land. Today, 8% of the British population identifies as Catholic. 

The percentage of the population identifying as Muslim in the United Kingdom is 5%.

The minority religion practiced in the country includes Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Sikhism, and the Baha’i Faith. 

Currency

Pound sterling

Pound Sterling

Time Zone

+00:00 GMT

Government Regime

Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy.

Climate

The weather in Uk is moderate.

The best time to visit the UK is in the spring between (March and May), and the summer between (June and September).

Temperatures are moderate in the spring, and the green color of the city's gardens and flowers bloom.

Summer is the peak tourist season when temperatures are ideal for touring the city and visiting its famous landmarks.

Winter in London (October - March) is very cold and daylight hours are shorter, but it is also the holiday season as Christmas.

Regardless of the time of the year you visit London, tourists are always advised to bring an umbrella in anticipation of the rains that may occur on any day of the year.

The best time to visit Britain is June: the days are very long, the country is in bloom, there's no shortage of rain and clouds, but they alternate with sunny spells, also July & August is pleasantly warm in the center and south.

International Phone Code

+44

 

Internet Code

.uk

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