General Information

The United Kingdom (comprising England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales) has long been a popular destination for International Contractors, Freelancers and Temporary workers.

Some of the key reasons why include:

- Consistently highest contract earning rates in the world.

- Strong Currency.

- Contractor friendly taxation structure.

- Powerful economy.

- Home to many large corporations and regional offices.

- Rich history & culture.

- Easily adjustable living conditions.

- Proximity to Europe.

Capital : London


- Total 244,820 km?

- 94,526 sq mi

- Water (%) 1.34



- mid-2006 estimate 60,587,300

- 2001 census 58,789,194

- general population is ageing, migration used to stimulate growth and sustain economy

- growth rate 0.276% - net migration rate 2.17/1000 population

- in the year to 2006 The National Bureau of statistics estimated 574,000 people migrated to the UK for a period of a year or more. 179,000 were from the Commonwealth, Other Foreign Nationals comprise a further 140,000. The remainder were from within the EU.

- Life expectancy at birth 78.85 years

- Ethnic groups: white (of which English 83.6%, Scottish 8.6%, Welsh 4.9%, Northern Irish 2.9%) 92.1%, black 2%, Indian 1.8%, Pakistani 1.3%, mixed 1.2%, other 1.6% (2001 census)

- Religions : Christian (Anglican, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist) 71.6%, Muslim 2.7%, Hindu 1%, other 1.6%, unspecified or none 23.1% (2001 census)



GDP - Total US$2.270 trillion (2006 estimate)

GDP - Per capita US$37,328 

- Import partners: Germany 13.7%, US 8.3%, Netherlands 7.2%, France 6.8%, China 5.9%, Norway 4.9%, Belgium 4.8%, Italy 4% (2006) Currency

- Pound Sterling (GBP)

- Calling Code - +44


- Constitutional monarchy



- predominantly Christian, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Judaism also strongly represented.




- service sector accounts for 3/4 of GDP, mostly through financial services.

- London is the worlds largest financial center and ranks with New York City and Tokyo as a hub of global commerce.

- UK economy also has strong manufacturing, pharmaceutical, insurance, creative and education sectors.



- extensive road and rail networks

- Heathrow Airport is worlds busiest international airport

- London is a hub for numerous international, european, budget and charter airlines

- Eurostar train connects UK rail to Europe Culture &





- Famous for literature most notably William Shakespeare. Poets and witers too numerous to mention.

- British media, predominantly the BBC through the BBC World Service, is well known throughout the world.

- British rock and popular music is very famous. The Beatles. Many many others.

- Rich history of philosophy, education and debate.

- Many advances and discoveries including Darwins theory of evolution, Isaac Newtons laws of motion and gravity, the telephone, the television.

- The history of the UK is widely known due to the pervasive reach of the British Empire. At its peak in the early 20th century it was so large that it was said "the sun never sets" on it. Britain has played a pivotal role in many key events in modern history such as the Industrial Revolution, the Slave Trade, the Napoleonic Wars, the World Wars.



- birthplace of golf, cricket, tennis, rugby, football

- The 2012 Olympic Games were held in London

- football (soccer) is considered the national game.

- England won the world cup for the first and currently only time in 1966. They still talk about it regularly.



Stats from wikipedia and CIA World Factbook

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