Key Information & Facts of the United Kingdom

General Points to Know and Traveler's Information for Visiting

Updated: 5 September 2016.

General Info

London

is the capital and largest city.

64,716,000

is the population (2015 estimate).

242,495

km2 (93,628 mi2) is its area.

Greenwich Mean Time (GMT; UTC+0)

is the country’s time zone.

English

is the main language spoken, though there are other regional languages.

GB

is the country’s 2-digit ISO country code.

+44

is the country’s calling (dialing) code.

Latin

is the script used in the English language.

£ Pound Sterling (GBP)

is the currency. Its sub-unit is the penny, which is 1/100th of a pound.

'British' or 'Briton'

is the demonym for the people of this country. Don’t know what that is, or want to learn more?Read more about demonyms via this article »

For the Travelers

Left

is the side of the road they drive on.

Type G

is the country’s electricity adapter type, 230 V, 50 Hz, as defined by the IEC.Learn more about the different plug and socket types »

18

is the legal tobacco purchase age, though it seems that in England and Wales, 16 is the age to smoke.

18

is the general alcohol purchase age, though consumption varies by region and more.

16

is the age of consent.

112

is the general emergency number.

Do I Need A Visa?

Find out the requirements over at VisaHQ » (aff. link)

Government & Identity

Queen Elizabeth II

is the monarch.

Constitutional Monarchy

is the country’s form/structure of government.

Theresa May

is the prime minister.

'Dieu et mon droit'

is the monarchy’s motto outside of Scotland (French, God and my right).

Parliament

is the country’s legislating body.

'God Save the Queen'

is the national anthem.
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Key Cities & Regions

- England - London - Northern Ireland - - Scotland - - Wales - Cardiff

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