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A monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.


  • Chief of State: Queen ELIZABETH II
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister
  • Government Type: parliamentary constitutional monarchy
  • Capital: London
  • Legislature: bicameral Parliament consists of the House of Lords (membership not fixed) and the House of Commons (650 seats) Judiciary: Supreme Court (consists of 12 justices)
The four countries of United Kingdom
The four countries of United Kingdom


  • Area Total: 243,610 sq km Land: 241,930 sq km
  • England 53%, Scotland 32%, Wales 9%, and Northern Ireland 6%; includes Rockall and the Shetland Islands, which are part of Scotland
  • Climate temperate; moderated by prevailing southwest winds over the North Atlantic Current
  • Natural Resources coal, petroleum, natural gas, iron ore, lead, zinc, gold, tin, limestone, salt, clay, chalk, gypsum, potash, silica sand, slate, arable land


According to the CIA world factbook, the UK is a leading trading power and financial center; third-largest economy in Europe after Germany and France; large coal, natural gas, and oil resources; banking, insurance, and business services, drive GDP growth GDP (Purchasing Power Parity) $2.92 trillion (2017 est.) GDP per capita (Purchasing Power Parity) $44,300 (2017 est.)


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