United Kingdom – GENERAL INFORMATION – Facts and Figures

Facts and Figures

Full name: United Kingdom

Nationality 

        noun: Briton(s), British (collective plural)         adjective: British

Flag: flag-2

Area        total: 244,820 sq km         water: 3,230 sq km         note: includes Rockall and Shetland Islands         land: 241,590 sq km

Population: 60,441,457 (July 2005 est.)

Ethnic groups: English 81.5%, Scottish 9.6%, Irish 2.4%, Welsh 1.9%, Ulster 1.8%, West Indian, Indian, Pakistani, and other 2.8%

Capital: London (7,300,000)

Largest Cities: 

        Birmingham – 1,010,000         Glasgow – 620,000

Official Language: English, Welsh (about 26% of the population of Wales), Scottish form of Gaelic (about 60,000 in Scotland)

Religion: Anglican and Roman Catholic 40 million, Muslim 1.5 million, Presbyterian 800,000, Methodist 760,000, Sikh 500,000, Hindu 500,000, Jewish 350,000

Political system: constitutional monarchy

GDP: purchasing power parity – $1.782 trillion (2004 est.) 


GDP per head:
purchasing power parity – $29,600 (2004 est.)

Annual growth: 3.2% (2004 est.) 

GDP – composition by sector
        agriculture: 1%

        industry: 26.3%         services: 72.7% (2004 est.) 

Inflation: 1.4% (2004 est.)

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