The UK is correctly known as the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It consists of four parts: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Alongside English, Welsh, Gaelic and Cornish are spoken.
The UK, with a landmass of 243,820 square kilometres, is home to around 64.6 million people, including a large number of immigrants from former British colonies.
The capital city is London.
The official language is English.
Gross domestic product (GDP) per capita, based on purchasing power parity (PPP): USD 41,499
Real change in GDP between 2010 and 2015: 10.4 %
Gross national debt as percentage of GDP: 89 %
Percentage of women (aged 15-64) in gainful employment: 68.0 %
Youth unemployment rate (15-24 year-olds): 15.1 %
National currency: Sterling (GBP) / Rate of exchange: GBP 1 = EUR 1.1653
(as at 22 November 2016)