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Formal Name: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Local Name: United Kingdom

Local Formal Name: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


Location: Europe

Status: UN Country

Capital City: London

Main Cities: Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast

Population: 57,956,000 Area [sq.km]: 244,880

Currency: 1 pound sterling = 100 pence

Languages: English, Welsh, Scots Gaelic, Irish Gaelic (all official)

Religions: Protestant, Roman Catholic, Muslim, Hindu, Judaism

Flag Description: blue field with the red cross of Saint George (patron saint of England) edged in white superimposed on the diagonal red cross of Saint Patrick (patron saint of Ireland), which is superimposed on the diagonal white cross of Saint Andrew (patron saint of Scotland); properly known as the Union Flag, but commonly called the Union Jack; the design and colors (especially the Blue Ensign) have been the basis for a number of other flags including other Commonwealth countries and their constituent states or provinces, as well as British overseas territories

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