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United Kingdom The Facts

  • Full name: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Population: 60.7 million (UN, 2007)
  • Capital: London
  • Area: 242,514 sq km (93,638 sq miles)
  • Major language: English
  • Major religion: Christianity
  • Life expectancy: 77 years (men), 82 years (women) (UN)
  • Monetary unit: 1 pound sterling = 100 pence
  • Main exports: Manufactured goods, chemicals, foodstuffs
  • GNI per capita: US $37,600 (World Bank, 2006)
  • Internet domain: .uk
  • International dialling code: +44
  • Head of state: Queen Elizabeth II
  • Prime minister: Gordon Brown
  • The press
    • The Daily Telegraph - broadsheet
    • Financial Times - daily, business broadsheet
    • The Guardian - daily, former broadsheet
    • The Independent - daily, former broadsheet
    • The Times - daily, former broadsheet
    • The Sun - daily tabloid
    • The Mirror - daily tabloid
    • The Daily Mail - tabloid
    • The Daily Express - daily tabloid
    • The Scotsman - Scottish daily
    • Western Mail - Welsh daily
  • Television
    • BBC TV - operates BBC1, BBC2 and digital services including BBC News 24
    • BBC World News - commercially-funded international news channel
    • ITV - major commercial network, organised around regional franchises
    • Channel 4 - commercially funded but publicly owned national station
    • five - national commercial channel
    • Independent Television News (ITN) - supplier of news to ITV, Channel 4
    • British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB) - operator of digital satellite platform, Sky, and provider of film, entertainment channels and news channel Sky News
  • Radio
    • BBC Radio - national services include new-music station Radio 1, adult music station
    • Radio 2, cultural network Radio 3, flagship speech station Radio 4 and news and sport station Five Live
    • BBC Radio Scotland
    • BBC Radio nan Gaidheal - Gaelic-language station for Scotland
    • BBC Radio Ulster - for Northern Ireland
    • BBC Radio Wales
    • BBC Radio Cymru - Welsh-language
    • BBC Asian Network - for Asian communities in the UK
    • BBC World Service - major international broadcaster, heard worldwide via shortwave and increasingly on FM relays, programmes in more than 30 languages
    • Virgin Radio - national commercial pop and rock station
    • Talk Sport - national commercial sports station
    • Classic FM - national commercial classical music station
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