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UNITED KINGDOM (UK)
(pronounced - yoo-nai-tuhd king-dm | jʊˈnaɪtɪd ˈkɪŋdəm)
OFFICIAL NAME: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
DEMONYMS: British, Brit, Briton, English, Northern Irish, Scottish, Welsh, European
The United Kingdom is part of the Northern Europe region in the continent of Europe. The United Kingdom is also known as Albion (The Celtic name for island) and Britain (Latin origins believed to originate from pretani, meaning painted ones), and as the Land of Hope and Glory. It is in the Northern hemisphere and is 244.8 thousand square kilometres in size. The primary language spoken is English, the capital city is London and the main currency used is the Pound Sterling.
LGBTQIA+ Equality Index
Very High
LGBTQIA+ Dollar
c.44.4 billion
LGBTQIA+ Population
c.1.8 million
ALLOW SAME-SEX MARRIAGES
Yes
RECOGNISE GENDER CHANGE
Yes
BANNING GAY CONVERSION THERAPY
No

REGIONAL

  LIST OF REGIONS
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England Mini Map
ENGLAND
Angleterre (fr) | England (de) | Inglaterra (es) | Inghilterra (it) | Engeland (du) | Inglaterra (pt)
Northern Ireland Mini Map
NORTHERN IRELAND
Irlande du Nord (fr) | Nordirland (de) | Irlanda del Norte (es) | Irlanda del Nord (it) | Noord-Ierland (du) | Irlanda do Norte (pt)
Scotland Mini Map
SCOTLAND
Écosse (fr) | Schottland (de) | Escocia (es) | Scozia (it) | Schotland (du) | Escócia (pt)
Wales Mini Map
WALES
Pays de Galles (fr) | Wales (de) | Gales (es) | Galles (it) | Wales (du) | País de Gales (pt)

Geography

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CAPITAL

London

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REGION

Northern Europe

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CONTINENT

Europe

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HEMISPHERE

Northern

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AREA

244820

(square kilometers)

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SURROUNDING OCEAN(S)

Atlantic Ocean

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Name in other languages

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English Flag
English
United Kingdom (UK)
Mandarin Flag
Mandarin
英国
Dutch Flag
Dutch
Verenigd Koninkrijk
Spanish Flag
Spanish
Reino Unido
Arabic Flag
Arabic
المملكة المتحدة
Portuguese Flag
Portuguese
Reino Unido
French Flag
French
Royaume-Uni
Hebrew Flag
Hebrew
בריטניה
Russian Flag
Russian
Великобритания
German Flag
German
Vereinigtes Königreich
Hindi Flag
Hindi
यूनाइटेड किंगडम
Japanese Flag
Japanese
イギリス

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LAST UPDATED:  October 11, 2022
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| STATUS

  • The country has progressive laws. The LGBTQIA+ community living and those visiting this country typically have equal rights. Even though the laws may be inclusive, there might still be some within the local community that might be less accepting
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Government

| INFORMATION

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UNITED KINGDOM (UK)
FOREIGN, COMMONWEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT OFFICE
foreign, commonwealth and development office
The foreign office or ministry is typically a department within a government that focuses on promoting that particular country and what it represents worldwide. The department will often highlight national security, travel restrictions, visa requirements and all relevant foreign policies
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UNITED KINGDOM (UK)
NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE
national health service
The health office or ministry is typically a department or organisation within a government that focuses on all things relating to health. The department will often highlight travel restrictions, vaccination requirements, pandemics, outbreaks, and relevant health-related information
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  USEFUL PHRASES | GREETINGS

Common phrases and terms in the local language(s)
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GREETINGS
greeting | fàilte | cyfarch
HI
hi | hi | hi
HOW ARE YOU?
how are you? | ciamar a tha thu? | sut wyt ti?
GOOD MORNING
good morning | madainn mhath | bore da
I'M GOOD, AND YOU?
i'm good, and you? | tha mi math, agus thusa? | rwy'n dda, ac rydych?
GOOD AFTERNOON
good afternoon | feasgar math | prynhawn da
WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
what is your name? | dè an t-ainm a th 'ort? | beth yw eich enw?
GOOD NIGHT
good night | oidhche mhath | nos da
MY NAME IS…
my name is ... | is e m ’ainm ... | fy enw i yw ...
WELCOME
welcome | fàilte | croeso
NICE TO MEET YOU
nice to meet you | math coinneachadh riut | neis i gwrdd â chi
GOODBYE
goodbye | mar sin leat | hwyl fawr
DO YOU SPEAK ENGLISH?
do you speak english? | a bheil beurla agad? | wyt ti'n siarad saesneg?

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EMERGENCY CONTACTS

In case of an emergency, you can find the contact telephone number and phrases in all of the main spoken languages within that country. If using a smartphone, you can call immediately by pressing the button found within each revelant service
Ambulance
AMBULANCE
ambulance (english)

dial
999 / 112

Call Ambulance Service Now

Police
POLICE
police (english)

dial
999 / 112

Call Police Now

Fire
FIRE
fire (english)

dial
999 / 112

Call Fire Service Now


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  USEFUL PHRASES | EMERGENCY

Common phrases and terms in the local language(s)
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EMERGENCY
emergency | èiginn | argyfwng
HELP ME
help me | cuidich mi | helpwch fi
WHERE IS THE NEAREST HOSPITAL?
where is the nearest hospital? | càite bheil an ospadal as fhaisge? | ble mae'r ysbyty agosaf?
STOP
stop | stad | rhoi'r gorau i
WHERE IS THE NEAREST PHARMACY?
where is the nearest pharmacy? | càite bheil a ’bhùth-chungaidhean as fhaisge ort? | ble mae'r fferyllfa agosaf?
HOSPITAL
hospital | ospadal | ysbyty
WHERE IS THE POLICE STATION?
where is the police station? | càite a bheil an stèisean poileis? | ble mae'r orsaf heddlu?
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USEFUL INFORMATION

TELEPHONE DIALLING CODE

44

INTERNET SUFFIX

.uk

LANGUAGES

English, Scots Gaelic, Welsh

CURRENCY

NAME:
Pound Sterling
SYM:
£
DIVISION:
100 pence

ELECTRICITY

VOLTS:
230
HERTZ:
50

ELECTRICAL PLUGS

NUMBER OF PLUG TYPES:
1
PLUGS USED:
Electricity Plug G

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CLIMATE

London

Weather information

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MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
The average monthly temperatures are based on the recorded daily highs and lows for the given location
HIGH
The daily high temperatures are an average, based on the recorded high temperatures over many years
01| JAN
8.5°C | 47.3°F
02| FEB
8.7°C | 47.7°F
03| MAR
11.7°C | 53°F
04| APR
15.4°C | 59.7°F
05| MAY
18.3°C | 64.9°F
06| JUN
21.9°C | 71.4°F
07| JUL
23.9°C | 75°F
08| AUG
23°C | 73.4°F
09| SEP
20.5°C | 68.9°F
10| OCT
16.2°C | 61.1°F
11| NOV
11.7°C | 53.1°F
12| DEC
8.9°C | 48.1°F
LOW
The daily low temperatures are an average, based on the recorded lowest temperatures over many years
01| JAN
1.6°C | 34.9°F
02| FEB
1.5°C | 34.7°F
03| MAR
2.8°C | 37°F
04| APR
4.8°C | 40.7°F
05| MAY
7.7°C | 45.9°F
06| JUN
11.1°C | 52°F
07| JUL
13.6°C | 56.4°F
08| AUG
13°C | 55.4°F
09| SEP
9.9°C | 49.9°F
10| OCT
6.7°C | 44°F
11| NOV
4.2°C | 39.5°F
12| DEC
2.4°C | 36.3°F
SEASONS
Saisons (fr) | Jahreszeiten (de) | Estaciones (es) | Stagioni (it) | Seizoen (du) | Estação (pt)
United Kingdom (UK) Season Image
Spring SeasonSPRING
Printemps (fr) | Frühling (de) | Primavera (es) | Primavera (it) | Lente (du) | Primavera (pt)
March-May
Summer SeasonSUMMER
Été (fr) | Sommer (de) | Verano (es) | Estate (it) | Zomer (du) | Verão (pt)
June-August
Autumn SeasonAUTUMN
Automne (fr) | Herbst (de) | Otoño (es) | Autunno (it) | Herfst (du) | Outono (pt)
September-November
Winter SeasonWINTER
Hiver (fr) | Winter (de) | Invierno (es) | Inverno (it) | Winter (du) | Inverno (pt)
November-February
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  USEFUL PHRASES | INSTRUCTIONS

Common phrases and terms in the local language(s)
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INSTRUCTIONS
YES
yes | tha | ie
EXCUSE ME
excuse me | gabh mo leisgeul | esgusodwch fi
NO
no | chan eil | dim
PLEASE
please | mas e do thoil e | os gwelwch yn dda
NO, THANK YOU
no, thank you | chan eil, tapadh leibh | na, diolch
SORRY
sorry | duilich | mae'n ddrwg
MAYBE
maybe | is dòcha | efallai
THANK YOU
thank you | tapadh leat | diolch

TIMEZONE

LAST UPDATED:  Oct 11,2022

TIMEZONE

UTC (Europe/London)

DST APPLIES

Yes
  DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME (DST)
2023
STARTS
Mar 26, 2023
ENDS
Oct 29, 2023
2024
STARTS
Mar 31, 2024
ENDS
Oct 27, 2024

DST ADJUSTMENT

Forward one hour

DST TIMEZONE

UTC+1 (Europe/London)

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TRAVEL RELATED

AIRPORT STATISTICS

TOTAL NUMBER OF AIRPORTS

110
TOTAL NUMBER OF HELIPORTS

1
TOTAL NUMBER OF SEAPLANE BASES

0

DRIVING

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DRIVE ON WHICH SIDE
Left
INTERNATIONAL DRIVING LICENCE REQUIRED
Required
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  USEFUL PHRASES | DIRECTIONS & GUIDANCE

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DIRECTIONS AND GUIDANCE
directions and guidance | stiùireadh agus stiùireadh | cyfarwyddiadau a chanllawiau
HOW DO I GET THERE?
how do i get there? | ciamar a gheibh mi ann? | sut mae cyrraedd yno?
HOW MUCH IS THAT?
how much is that? | dè an ìre a tha sin? | faint yw hynny?
HOW FAR IS IT?
how far is it? | dè cho fada? | pa mor bell yw hi?
DO YOU ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS?
do you accept credit cards? | a bheil thu a ’gabhail ri cairtean creideis? | a ydych yn derbyn cardiau credyd?
WHERE IS THE BATHROOM?
where is the bathroom? | càite a bheil an seòmar-ionnlaid? | ble mae'r ystafell ymolchi?
I'M NOT INTERESTED
i'm not interested | chan eil ùidh agam | nid oes gen i ddiddordeb
WHERE IS THE CLOSEST RESTAURANT?
where is the closest restaurant? | càite bheil an taigh-bìdh as fhaisge? | ble mae'r bwyty agosaf?
I DON'T UNDERSTAND
i don't understand | chan eil mi a ’tuigsinn | nid wyf yn deall
HOW MUCH DO I OWE YOU?
how much do i owe you? | dè na fiachan a th ’agam ort? | faint y byddaf yn ddyledus gennych?

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LGBTQIA+ Terms

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Lesbian Flag
Lesbian
lesbian (english)
Gay Flag
Gay
gay (english)
Bisexual Flag
Bisexual
bisexual (english)
Transgender Flag
Transgender
transgender (english)
Intersex Flag
Intersex
intersex (english)
Asexual Flag
Asexual
asexual (english)
Questioning Flag
Questioning
questioning (english)
Community Flag
Community
community (english)
Gender Flag
Gender
gender related (english)
Sexuality Flag
Sexuality
sexuality related (english)
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Non-Binary
non-binary (english)
Queer Flag
Queer
queer (english)
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