Great Britain[/wm_text_block][/vc_column][/vc_row] [vc_row bg_color=”#f6f6f6″ disable_container=”1″ padding=”4%”][vc_column width=”1/1″][wm_text_block class=”text-center”] The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the United Kingdom or the UK) is a constitutional monarchy comprising most of the British Isles. It is a political union of four nations: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, each of which has something unique and exciting to offer the traveller while remaining undeniably British.
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|Currency||Pound Sterling (£)|
|Population||62,041,708 (2010 est.)|
|Electricity||230V, 50 Hz|
|Time zone||summer: UTC +1
|Emergencies||dial 112 or 999|
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British literature, music, cinema, art, theatre, comedy, media, television, philosophy, architecture and education are influential and respected across the world. The United Kingdom is also prominent in science and technology, producing world-leading scientists (e.g. Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin) and inventions. Sport is an important part of British culture; numerous sports originated in the country, including football. The UK has been described as a “cultural superpower”, and London has been described as a world cultural capital.[/wm_text_block][/vc_column] [vc_column width=”2/5″][wm_text_block class=”text-center”]
English is spoken throughout the United Kingdom, although there are parts of major cities where immigration has led to a variety of languages being spoken as well. The English spoken in the UK has many accents and dialects, some of which may contain words which are unfamiliar to other English speakers. It is fairly common for a resident of the south and one of the north not to understand each other at first go; do not be afraid to ask someone to repeat themselves. To illustrate the variety of accents available, it is easy to distinguish the English spoken by someone from Northern Ireland as opposed to someone from the Republic of Ireland, or even pinpoint a person’s origin to a particular town within a county, such as Leeds or Whitby (both in Yorkshire, England). English in Scotland and Northern Ireland can be spoken quite fast. The different dialects can be extremely different in both pronunciation and vocabulary.[/wm_text_block][/vc_column] [/vc_row]
Updated on 2016-03-24T09:32:58+02:00, by .