United Kingdom Nature & Economy

United Kingdom

Location: Western Europe, islands including the northern one sixth of the island of Ireland between the North Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea, northwest of France
Population: 64,447,000 (2014 est.)
Land Area: 244100 km2
Capital: London
Main cities: Glasgow, Birmingham, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Leeds, Bristol, Manchester, Bradford
Languages: English, Welsh, Scots Gaelic
GDP: $2.95 trillion (2014 est.)
Monetary unit: Pound sterling
Exports: $468.8 billion f.o.b. (2006 est.)
Exports - commodities: manufactured goods, fuels, chemicals; food, beverages, tobacco
Exports - partners: US 13.9%, Germany 10.9%, France 10.4%, Ireland 7.1%, Netherlands 6.3%, Belgium 5.2%, Spain 4.5% (2006)
Imports: $603 billion f.o.b. (2006 est.)
Imports - commodities: manufactured goods, machinery, fuels; foodstuffs
Imports - partners: Germany 12.8%, US 8.9%, France 6.9%, Netherlands 6.6%, China 5.3%, Norway 4.9%, Belgium 4.5% (2006)
Land use:
arable land: 23.23%
permanent crops: 0.2%
other: 76.57% (2005)
Natural resources: coal, petroleum, natural gas, iron ore, lead, zinc, gold, tin, limestone, salt, clay, chalk, gypsum, potash, silica sand, slate, arable land

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