United Kingdom

The United Kingdom (UK) is a wealthy country with the world’s fifth largest economy, a highly-rated education system, universal healthcare, and an overall high quality of life.

As one of the top destinations for immigrants, the UK is a multicultural country where 14% of its 67 million residents are foreign-born.

In London, the national capital and largest city in the UK, around 37% of its 9 million residents were born overseas and approximately 300 languages are spoken!

London is one of the top financial centers of the world and the city produces about 25% of the United Kingdom’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of $2.8 trillion USD.

Examples of other major cities in the United Kingdom include:

  • Birmingham (England)
  • Manchester (England)
  • Leeds (England)
  • Glasgow (Scotland)
  • Southampton (England)
  • Liverpool (England)
  • Newcastle upon Tyne (England)
  • Sheffield (England)
  • Bristol (England)
  • Belfast (Northern Ireland)
  • Brighton (England)
  • Leicester (England)
  • Edinburgh (Scotland)
  • Cardiff (Wales)

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland consists of England and Wales in the south, Scotland in the north, and Northern Ireland which is located at the top of the island of Ireland. The UK also has many islands and territories scattered around the globe.

England has the most people living in the United Kingdom, boasting a population of 56.2 million. Scotland has the second largest population in the UK with 5.5 million residents. Next is Wales which has a population of 3.2 million, followed by Northern Ireland with 1.9 million residents.

Traveling to and from the United Kingdom is facilitated by the fact that there are several international airports in the UK (including six in the Greater London Metro area) such as: London Heathrow Airport; London Gatwick Airport; London Stansted Airport; London Luton Airport; London City Airport; Oxford International Airport; Manchester Airport; Birmingham Airport; Southhampton Airport; Leeds-Bradford Airport; Newcastle International Airport; Norwich International Airport; Doncaster-Sheffield International Airport; Teesside International Airport; Bristol Airport; Cardiff Airport; Glasgow Airport; and Aberdeen International Airport.

People living in the UK can experience the stability and safety provided by its strong economy and parliamentary democracy, as well as enjoy its scenic seashores, dynamic cities, beautiful landscapes, interesting history and vibrant culture.

The average life expectancy for people living in the UK is 81.2 years, which is one of the longest in the world.

It is not surprising that thousands of foreign workers and international students immigrate to the UK each year seeking better opportunities!

To learn more about living in the United Kingdom, click on the links for the Economy, Quality of Life, Healthcare, Education, UK Immigration, Points of Interest or Government webpages.

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