What else the country has to offer
30 of the world’s most famous places and attractions are in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, including Giant’s Causeway, Stonehenge, Tower of London and Hadrian’s Wall.
As part of the UK’s diverse landscape, there are 15 national parks including Cairngorms in Scotland, the largest of the 15 parks, the beautiful New Forest in Hampshire and the famous Lake District in northern England. There are also 46 AONBs of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) across England and Wales.
With 1,500 castles in the UK, visitors can not only get a glimpse into life of the British and royal past and present, but also explore a different era in time.
British educational institutions, producing some of history’s finest scholars, literary greats and inventors, are both a testament to history and beautiful buildings in themselves. Many have their own libraries, museums and galleries that are open to the public.
Cities across the UK are battling it out for the title of Best Night Out, and some of the standout spots are Newcastle and Liverpool. With vibrant nightlife and student-friendly locations, these two cities ensure that you will have a good time.
The UK population is made up of 92.1% white and 7.9% other skin colors. The proportion of non-white people comes from former British colonies in the Caribbean such as Jamaica, Trinidad, Tobago, as well as Indians, Pakistani and Bangladeshis. Furthermore, many Chinese, but also Sinhalese, Poles and ethnic minorities such as Sinti and Roma live in the United Kingdom.
In addition to being the official language in the UK, English is also the language of business internationally. It is the most widely spoken language in the world and is the mother tongue of 1.5 billion people. Even if English is one of the languages with the most vocabulary, comparatively few words are enough to express everything you need in everyday life. The English pronunciation is sometimes very different between different countries, but you can still communicate easily between English-speaking nations.
There is no official language in the UK. However, English is spoken by around 95% of the population. There are hardly any dialects in Great Britain, but there are a number of regional accents. These are sometimes difficult to understand, even for Britons in other regions.
In Scotland, in addition to English, Lowland Scots and Scottish Gaelic are spoken. About 20% of the population of Wales also speaks Welsh. Irish and Ulster Scots are also recognized languages in Northern Ireland. A wide variety of dialects can of course also be heard throughout the country in everyday life.
England: Most of the people in England, around 74%, describe themselves as Christians. In official statistics from 1995, however, only 14% of the population were listed as church members. Of these, 45% belong to the Anglican Church, 19% to the Protestant Church and 10% to the Catholic Church. Other religions in England are Islam, Hinduism, Sikhs, Judaism and Buddhism.
Scotland: The official state church in Scotland is the Church of Scotland. The next larger is the Roman Catholic Church. Other religions in Scotland are Islam (0.8%), Buddhism, Sikhism, Judaism, Hinduism.
Wales is predominantly Christian at around 72%. It also has small proportions of Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, and Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Northern Ireland: Northern Ireland is also predominantly Christian with around 89% (Protestant Church: 48.57%, Roman Catholic Church: 40.26%).
…To eat and drink
There are approximately 48,000 pubs and bars across the UK. British pubs serve everything from real beers to specialized whiskeys, award-winning pub grub and a selection of nibbles. Don’t forget the many beer gardens, which are rarely empty in hot weather.
The Scots are well known whiskey enthusiasts and there are a number of famous distilleries and brands across Scotland.
Afternoon English Tea with fine finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and cakes and of course a pot of your favorite tea, all served with beautiful china, is on the up again in Great Britain. Fish and chips remains a firm favorite with families on Friday nights.
To bring families together across the UK on Sunday there is the traditional Sunday roast. The Sunday Roast or Sunday Carvery consists of beef, lamb, pork or ham, fried potatoes, vegetables, Yorkshire puddings and sauce pastes.
A typical breakfast is a feast of bacon, sausages, beans, tomatoes, mushrooms and black pudding. This is often considered the best way to start the UK weekend!
… manners / punctuality
The British are known for their courtesy. In relation to their fellow human beings, this comes first. A simple request and thank you are firmly anchored in our daily interaction. Interrupting someone in the middle of a sentence is considered extremely impolite, so it is only appropriate to apologize immediately if the worst comes to the worst.
The British accept queuing and waiting at lines in the supermarket, at the box office or at the box office, etc. with almost stoic patience. Pushing one’s way forward is accordingly viewed as uncultivated. The same applies to impatient waiting in the restaurant. To complain loudly about the possibly bad service is an impossibility. No matter where or why you have to wait, the key is to wait patiently and drink tea.
When it comes to punctuality, the Germans are probably unbeatable, but great importance is also attached to this in Great Britain. It goes without saying, for example, to apologize for a – even – small delay with a “sorry”.