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Learn more about United Kingdom.
Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom
Population: 60,270,708 (July 2004 est.)
Capital: London
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An Introduction to United Kingdom
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 the European Monetary Union for the time being. Constitutional reform is also a significant issue in the UK. The Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales, and the Northern Ireland Assembly were established in 1999, but the latter is suspended due to bickering over the peace process.

United Kingdom map

Map of United Kingdom ( Location ) : 54 00 N, 2 00 W, 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. For additional reports and educational information specific to United Kingdom, refer to the Country Info menubar to the upper right.

About the Flag The British Flag
Blue field with the red cross of Saint George (patron saint of England) edged in white superimposed on the diagonal red cross of Saint Patrick (patron saint of Ireland), which is superimposed on the diagonal white cross of Saint Andrew (patron saint of Scotland); properly known as the Union Flag, but commonly called the Union Jack; the design and colors (especially the Blue Ensign) have been the basis for a number of other flags including other Commonwealth countries and their constituent states or provinces, as well as British overseas territories.

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Facts
Some interesting facts and figures about United Kingdom.

Pop Growth Rate / Year:
    • 0.29%

Avg. Life Expectancy:
    • 75.84 yrs - Male
    • 80.83 yrs - Female

Phone Lines:
    • 34.898 million (2002)

Televisions:
    • 30.5 million (1997)

Radios:
    • 84,500,000 (1997)

Internet Code:
    • .uk

Did you know ... People from United Kingdom are called British
 

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