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General facts

Population: 62.8 million
Capital: London
Official language: English
Currency: British Pound
Religion: Christianity
Motto: God and My Right
National Anthem: God Save the Queen


Interesting facts

  • London has had many names in the past, it was called Londonium during the Roman Invasion, Ludenwic in Saxon times, and Ludenburg during the kingdom of Alfred the Great.
  • England is 59 times smaller than Australia yet is 2.5 times more populous than Australia.
  • English people consume more tea per person than anywhere else in the world.
  • The city of London has a population of approximately 12 million people, making it the largest city in all of Europe.

More obscurely, did you know…

  • The shortest war ever fought was between Britain and Zanzibar on August 27, 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.
  • There are over 300 languages spoken in England.
  • The Queen owns all the sturgeons, whales and dolphins in the waters within 3 miles from the UK.