“I don’t desire to change anything in England except the weather.” Oscar Wilde

London, the beautiful capital of the United Kingdom

SUMMARY

The United Kingdom is known for all her famous pubs, the famous (rainy) weather, and the strange traditions. On this page you will find an overview of typical things from the UK, like food, traditions, invisible culture and languages. Also students give you information about their experiences in the UK. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a country and a state in Western Europe between the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, with about 63.7 million inhabitants. The main language in the UK is English. But there are various minority Celtic languages, and speakers of these are invariably bilingual English speakers. In Scotland 1.4% of the people speak Scottish Gaelic as well as English; in Northern Ireland 6.6% of the population are bilingual in Irish Gaelic and English; in Wales, 21% also speak Welsh. Welsh is the only Celtic language that enjoys official status.

The United Kingdom has a total of four areas:

1. England in the south; 53.012.456 inhabitants

2. Scotland in the north; 5.313.600 inhabitants

3. Wales to the west; 3.063.456 inhabitants

4. Northern Ireland in the northwest; 1.837.938 inhabitants