Interesting Facts about the United Kingdom

28 Jan 2023

The United Kingdom (UK) of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or simply the United Kingdom is an island nation in northwestern Europe. It consists of four countries such as England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. It has a constitutional monarchy with a federal parliament type of government. Similarly, the Queen of the United Kingdom is considered the legal ruler of the countries of the commonwealth that represent one-sixth of the earth's total land surface. In this article, we will share interesting facts about the United Kingdom. Here, we go...

United Kingdom Quick Facts

The official name of Unithe ted Kingdom: United Kingdom (UK) or Britain

Area: 242,495 square kilkilometersopulation: 67.08 million

Population density: 270/km2

GDP (2020): $3.276 trillion

Continent: Europe

Capital: London

Language: English, Scots, Ulster-Scots, Welsh, Cornish, Scottish Gaelic, Irish

Official Languages: English

Largest by area: 78th largest nation

Religion: Christianity -59.5%, No Religion -25.7%, Islam -10.9%, Hinduism -1.3%

Government: Unitary Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy

Currency: Pound Sterling (GBP)

Time Zone: UTC+1 (British Summer Time, WEST), UTC (Greenwich Mean Time, WET)

 Facts about the United Kingdom

1. The United Kingdom is a sovereign union

The United Kingdom or Britain is a sovereign union consisting of four entities such as England, Scotland, wales, and the province of Northern Ireland.

2. People become confused in the United Kingdom and England

More people confusing about the name of the United Kingdom and England. The United Kingdom is made from 3 countries and Northern Ireland. England is a country that lies in the United Kingdom.

3. Capital city of the United Kingdom

Among the countries, England is the most popular part of the United Kingdom. Around 9,002,488 people are inhabitants of London. It is also the Capital city of the United Kingdom and also the largest city and major international and financial. Similarly, Birmingham is the second-largest city in the UK.

4. Area of the United Kingdom

The UK is 242,495 Sq. Km or 93,628 sq. mi. It is the 78th largest nation by land.

5. Coastline area of the United Kingdom

The UK's longest coastline is around 5,000 miles.

6. Highest mountain in the United Kingdom

The highest mountain in the UK is Ben Nevis and it is in Scotland and its height is 1,340 meters height.

7. Dating Culture invented at the ion

Dating cultures started in the UK and it becomes started in 65oo BC.

8. TouTourists'rst choice for Visit

Every year millions of tourists visited the UK. In 2o19, nearly 40.9 million people visit the UK and 11.1 million in 2020.

9. Official Language of the United Kingdom

English is the official language of the United Kingdom. There are other official languages too such as Welsh, Scots, and Scottish Gaelic.

10. Parliamentary Democracy Nation

The United Kingdom is a parliamentary democracy nation which means the government is elected by the people. A general election once every five years to find a new prime minister.

11. First Female Prime Minister

Till today, the UK has had 78 prime ministers and the first female prime minister was Margaret Thatcher who become in power from 1979 to 1990. Margaret Thatcher was the longest-serving minister of the country in the 20th century. She is also called the Iron Lady. She becomes very much popular for her uncompromising, conservative politics and leadership style. In 2011, her autobiographical film was released under the same title as the Iron Lady.

12. The United Kingdom left the European Union

The United Kingdom joined the European Union in 1939 and left the European Union at the end of 31 January 2020.

13. Majesty the Queen of England

Her Majesty the Queen of England is the legal owner of the United Kingdom. As a constitutional monarchy nation, there have federal parliament types of government. Queen Elizabeth II is the head of the State and has been for 60 years. She becomes the longest-reigning UK monarch ever surpassing Queen Victoria 0n the 9th of September 2015.

Similarly, the queen of the United Kingdom is the legal ruler of the countries of the Commonwealth and represents 1/6 of the earth's total land surface.

14. Largest roll home in the world 

Windsor Castle where the Queen lives is the largest roll home in the world. Similarly, it is one of the oldest continually inhabited world residences in Britain. This building have been built by William around 1080 AD

15. The industrial revolution started in Great Britain

It is the period involving revolving social and economic that resulted from the development of steam-powered machinery and mass production methods. It is considered the major turning point in history converting Britain into the world's first industrialized nation. Due to the Industrial Revolution, there have been massive changes in the lives of the British people and around the world.

16. The strong real relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States

Since the 1940s, there was a significant relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States. The special relationship was built by Winston Churchill. In his speech, he pertains to the exceptionally close political, cultural, military, and economic relations between the United Kingdom and the United States. After that both the nation build strong relationships and this is conducted till now.

17. British are very much teas lovers

Every day British drink 165 million cups of tea which is 20 times more than the average American.

18. National food of Unithe ted kingdom

Chicken Tikka Masala is the National food of the United Kingdom. Similarly, the popular national food of Scotland is Haggis which is made from sheep offal.

19. Iconic hero of Unithe ted Kingdom

James Bond is one of Britain's National heroes.

20. Oldest Subways in the world

London Underground Subway is one of the oldest subways in the world.

21. 2nd the largest underground tunnel in the world

There is only 21 miles gap between England and France and the countries are connected by the channel tunnel. It is 2nd largest underground tunnel in the world.

22. Popular common name in the United Kingdom

John and Mary are two names so much popular in the United Kingdom. You can see those names of people mostly in the United Kingdom. Similarly, these names are popular in the United Kindom since, 500 years ago.

23. Most common surname in the United Kingdom

Smith, Jones, and Williams are the most common surname for nearly 180 years in the United Kingdom.

24. Most football fans and clubs

Football is one of the popular games in the UK. There are over 5300 Club 7000 teams and over 100 stadiums across the UK for Football.

25. Popular fast food in the United Kingdom

Sausages are a very popular food in the United Kingdom. Sausages are introduced around 400 AD by the Romans.

26. Smallest city in the United Kingdom 

The smallest city in the UK is Davidson Pembrokeshire where only 1,600 people live.

27. Highest temperature recorded

In 2003, the highest temperature ever recorded in England was 38.5 Celsius which is 101.3 Fahrenheit.

28. High rainfall Nation 

Every year plenty of rainfall all over the UK. The Met Office summit the data on rainfall and saw that every year more than 4 meters of rainfall are in Snowdonia, the Lake District, and Scottish Ireland. If you are in the United Kingdom tour be then be aware of the climate. You can face lots of problems due to the weather on your United Kingdom tour.

29. Old official language of England

From 1066 to 1362 Love Florence st. was the official language of England for almost three hundred years.

30. Second Largest secondhand book market

The world's second-largest secondhand book market can be found in Hay-On-Wye a small village at the border of England and Wales. Similarly, this village is also popular for proclaiming its independence from the UK in 1957.

31. Drinking alcohol is legal for kids

In the United Kingdom drinking alcohol is legal for kids over five years old. But they can drink alcohol only at home and at other private premises. It is a criminal offence for a person under 18 years old to be seen consuming alcohol in public areas.

32. Killing or injuring a Swan is illegal in the United Kingdom

Killing or injuring a swan carries a penalty of £5,000 or six months in Jail in the United Kingdom. So be aware of this during your UK tour.

33. Largest library in the world

The British Library in London is the largest in the world. You can find more than 170 million items catalogued in this Library.

34. Nation without a written constitution

The United Kingdom is the only country in the world that has not have a written constitution. There is no single legal document that sets out all the fundamental laws on how Britain works. British Constitution can be summed up in these eight words and that is Queen in the parliament in acts the law. That means that parliament uses the power of the Queen.

These are some interesting facts about the United Kingdom.

35. First telephone directory

The first telephone directory was published in 1880 by England. In that directory, there are 2,048 names and addresses it.

36. Invented lots of sports and famous writers

Most of the popular sports were invented in Britain such as cricket, soccer, boxing, rugby, and golf. Likewise, the country also produced many renowned writers including William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, and the best-selling author of the Harry Potter series JK Rowling.

37. Famous countries once a British Property

Some of the popular countries like America, Australia, Canada, India, Hong Kong, and many other places were considered British property at one point.

38. Jump a Queue is bad manners in the UK

If you are in a hurry and plan to jump the queue in the UK then stop your plan because Jump a Queue shows bad manners in the UK. If you do such activities in the UK then you become kicked out of the queue. So follow your queue in the UK.

39. National anthem of the United Kingdom

The National anthem of the United Kingdom is called God Save the Queen. It is because currently right now there is a queen who is the Monarch. A ruling monarch is a man in the UK many years ago so the lyrics changed to god save the king from God Save the Queen.

These are some interesting facts about the United Kingdom.

In conclusion

After reading this article, most of your doubts should be clear about the United Kingdom. If you have to know other interesting facts about the United Kingdom which are not mentioned in this article then please let us know. If you are from the United Kingdom, share more information about the United Kingdom. Also, comment with us if you love this article.

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