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  • The United Kingdom, The Land of Hope and Glory

    A quintissential view of London with its trademark double decker, the capital  and largest city of the UK, London ©Nikos Koutoulas/flickr

    A quintessential view of London with its trademark double decker, the capital and largest city of the UK, London ©Nikos Koutoulas/flickr

    The United Kingdom is an island country situated in Europe. France lies to the south and Ireland to the west. It is one of the wealthiest and most powerful country in the world, known for its vast, dynamic and influential history and culture as well as for its unique charm and beauty.

    The total area of the UK is 243,305 sq km while the coastline is 12.400 km.

    The capital and largest city is London. Pound Sterling is the currency of the country. The political status is constitutional monarchy under Queen Elizabeth II.

    The United Kingdom consists of four countries, England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The rest of the three countries have their own devolved administration as well having their own capital city. Cardiff is the capital of Wales, Edinburgh for Scotland, and Belfast for Northern Ireland.

    English is the official and national language of the country. Each of United Kingdoms countries have their own national and recognized languages like Scottish and Scottish Gaelic in Scotland and Irish and Ulster Scot in Northern Island. Welsh is the only Celtic language that is official in Wales alongside English. Many numerous minority languages can be also heard, particularly in big cities like London, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham.

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