|The United Kingdom|
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A man may lead a horse to water, but cannot make him drink.
- English Proverb
The United Kingdom
is located in Western Europe just northwest of France, composed
of several islands between the
English Channel and the North Atlantic Ocean.
Total land area is 241, 590 sq km with 12, 429 km of coastline.
is temperate and often overcast.
type is constitutional monarchy with captial of London, England.
Queen Elizabeth II has served as chief of state since
1952, while head of government Prime Minister Anthony C. L. Blair
has held that office since 1997.
is 60 million with a 0.1% rate of natural increase.
is officially English. Welsh is widely spoken and given official
recognition in Wales, while Gaelic is spoken in Scotland and Ireland.
is highly developed and a world leader in trade and banking.
GDP per capita is US$22,800 with 17% of the population living below the
poverty line. Workforce is mostly employed in service industries,
while the one percent working in agriculture produce 60% of the country's
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