United Kingdom – GENERAL INFORMATION – Geographic Information

Geographic Information


Location: 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

Total borders: 360 km

Border countries:
Ireland 360 km

Coastline: 12,429 km

Terrain: mostly rugged hills and low mountains; level to rolling plains in east and southeast

Elevation extremes        lowest point: The Fens -4 m         highest point: Ben Nevis 1,343 m 

Climate: temperate; moderated by prevailing southwest winds over the North Atlantic Current; more than one-half of the days are overcast

Tourist season:
  June  to  September

Natural hazards: winter windstorms; floods