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The United Kingdom is one the best-known countries in the world. The Royal Family, British humour, the Beatles, football, the Industrial Revolution, Winston Churchill, London, “Big Ben”, the Knights of the Round Table, the Scottish kilt, bagpipes… The list can go on and on. And yet, thanks to these world-famous stereotypes, the less well-known facts about the United Kingdom simply get lost. Everyone sees the commercial face of the “island”, and only a few know its real essence.

First of all, the UK is one of the world’s economic superpowers, created by many different ethnic communities from around the globe. London’s ethnic composition is truly remarkable – of its 10 million inhabitants, only half are ethnic Britons. The other half consists of hundreds of thousands of people from India, Poland, Ireland, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Tens of thousands more have come from Jamaica, Sri Lanka, France, Somalia, Kenya, the US, Ghana, Italy, Turkey, South Africa, Germany, Australia, Romania, the Philippines, Cyprus, Portugal, Lithuania, China, Afghanistan, Iran, Spain, Uganda, and Brazil.

On the other hand, the locals tend to hold their traditions very close. Composed of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, the state is often faced with the desire of these regions to secede. Just as the conflict in Northern Ireland had finally settled down, people were already talking about Scottish secession and independence. Brits retain their pride with regard to the European Union as well, refusing to adopt the Euro and considering leaving the union altogether.

The British Empire has played a key role in world history, made evident from the fact that the English language is the international language of business and science, among other things. Brits have left traces of their culture all over the world, from India to Africa, and from Canada to Australia.

The UK is also known for its large variety of natural environments. The south is full of resorts and beaches that get warm during summer, while the north is characterised by snowy mountains and wild nature. The country has many islands close by where you can get some respite from the urban clamour.

Travellers also appreciate the UK for its abundance of museums, interesting objects and national parks. Every city has its own history, cultural events and festivals, while the well-maintained national parks charm visitors with their green hills and idyllic sceneries. The Peak District and Lake District are among the world’s most-visited.

The only disadvantage here is cuisine and national food. However, the Brits do have Jamie Oliver, who’s created a veritable alimentary revolution in the modern world, and many excellent chefs from different countries, so rest assured you’ll be able to sample the entire world’s cuisine not just in London, but also in many other cities and towns of the United Kingdom.

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