Expats in the United Kingdom

Expats in the United KingdomThe United Kingdom: An Overview

The United Kingdom forms part of the British Isles, a group of islands situated in the north-west of Europe. Officially called the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the three constituent countries that make up Great Britain are England, Scotland and Wales.

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The UK population is estimated to be just over 64m in 2014. The main language is English, although around a quarter of the population of Wales speaks Welsh, and Scots Gaelic is spoken by some 60,000 Scots.

The UK government consists of a constitutional monarchy and a bicameral parliament, the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The current head of church, state and the Commonwealth (which is made up of former British colonies) is Queen Elizabeth II. Members of the House of Commons are elected by popular vote for a period of four-five years. The current prime minister is David Cameron.

The service sector is the largest in the UK economy in terms of GDP, and is dominated by banking, finance and insurance, predominantly based in the City of London. The manufacturing sector has been in decline over recent decades, with services taking an ever larger share.

The UK is a key member of the Group of Seven (G7) industrialized nations, and is also a member of the European Union. Its currency is the Pound Sterling (GBP); there are currently no plans for the UK to join the euro.

The United Kingdom has excellent telecommunications, with widespread land telephone, mobile telephone and Internet use. The country has extensive rail and road networks, including high-speed rail links to Europe via the Channel Tunnel. There are a number of airports in the UK, with London Heathrow said to be the world’s busiest in terms of passenger numbers. Container ports include Felixstowe (the largest), Liverpool, London and Southampton. The Port of Dover is an essential ferry link with Europe in terms of passenger and cargo transport.

 

Country Name: United Kingdom
Coordinates: 54°00'N 2°00'W
Capital: London
Capital Coordinates: 51°30'N 0°7'W
Other Main Cities: Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Cardiff
Population: 63181775
Area: 243610
Official Language(s): English
Ethnic Group(s): 92.1% White, 4.0% South Asian, 2.0% Black, 1.2% Mixed, 0.4% Chinese, 0.4% other
Demonym: British, Briton
Currency: Pound Sterling, GBP, £
GDP: $2.316 trillion
Time Zone: GMT (UTC+0), Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
International Dialling Code: 44
Internet TLD: .uk
ISO: GB
Electricity Voltage: 240 Volts AC (50Hz)

 

 

Latest Forum Posts in the 'United Kingdom'

 

Bereavement counselling
By louise, 30th Aug, 12:37
Does anyone know of any English speaking bereavement of counselling services or reputable therapists in Britanny?… Read

 

Residency status
By cfar, 23rd Jul, 20:02
Hi all, This seemed a useful forum to try and get an answer. I'm a full British passport holder and have been living … Read

 

Pre-Brexit negotiations
By marina, 31st May, 15:51
Hello! I have another doubt about this, and I haven't (yet) read anything relevant on the subject. If now with the brexit… Read

 

Pre-Brexit negotiations
By chatsalpop3, 19th Feb, 12:08
Hi everyone, As expats living in the UK we would ask you to join us in putting pressure on the UK goverment about our rights… Read

 

UK Doctors
By DavidNolan, 2nd Feb, 09:35
Hi there, I had very similar inquiries when I moved to London. But actually I believe that every EU citizen is eligible to fr… Read

 

Driving Licence
By InsuranceGuru, 20th Feb, 14:35
So, if you buy your own car, you have to get a license within a year. Otherwise, you can drive with a foreign license as long… Read

 

Australian iPhone simcard
By SuperOz, 5th Aug, 16:01
There's loads of options as most providers offer sim only, pay-as-you-go deals. I've gone for Giff-Gaff myself. Good packages… Read

 

Australian iPhone simcard
By Brad Freeman, 1st Aug, 09:09
Watcha peeps, I'm moving to the UK next month and will be looking for a simcard for my Australian iPhone. What do peeps sugg… Read

 

UK Doctors
By JJDodds, 17th Jul, 09:17
EU citizens have the same right to free medical treatment as UK residents. All that is needed is proof of address (utility bi… Read

 

UK Doctors
By IzzyKlar, 16th Jul, 11:04
Hi everyone, I hope you're all doing great on this lovely summer day. I have been working in England for two months, and w… Read

 

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Financial Considerations In The United Kingdom

Financial Considerations In The United Kingdom

» Money Transfers
» Foreign Exchange
» Banking
» Pensions
» Investment
» Wealth Management
» Property Investment
» Insurance

 

Taxation In The United Kingdom

Taxation In The United Kingdom

» Overview of Tax Issues
» Employment Taxation
» Business Taxation
» Investment Taxation
» Tax Treaty Considerations

 

Healthcare In The United Kingdom

Healthcare In The United Kingdom

» National Health Services
» Doctors and Hospitals
» Health Insurance
» Health Emergencies

 

Education In The United Kingdom

Education In The United Kingdom

» State School Systems
» Private Schools
» International Schools
» Universities
» Language Schools

 

Immigration In The United Kingdom

Immigration In The United Kingdom

» Visas and Passports
» Settlement, Residence and Citizenship
» Family Members and Marriage
» Working

 

Employment And Business In The United Kingdom

Employment And Business In The United Kingdom

» Finding a Job, CVs, Interviews and Etiquette
» Work Culture and Labour Market
» Owning and Operating a Business
» Business Groups, Associations and Networking
» Business Taxation

 

Accommodation In The United Kingdom

Accommodation In The United Kingdom

» Where to Live
» Finding, Buying and Renting
» Mortgages

 

Relocation In The United Kingdom

Relocation In The United Kingdom

» International Relocation
» Repatriation
» Expats Relocating with Families and Pets

 

Social And Cultural Traits In The United Kingdom

Social And Cultural Traits In The United Kingdom

» Languages
» Guide to Cultural Traits
» Expat Groups

 

Living In The United Kingdom

Living In The United Kingdom

» Safety and Emergencies
» Retirement
» Family Life and Childcare
» Solo Living and Dating
» Shopping
» Entertainment, Media and Television
» Arts and Culture
» Fitness and Sport
» Communications
» Driving and Public Transport
» Government, Politics and Legal Systems
» Regions and Cities


 


 




Moving to the United Kingdom

If you are considering moving to the United Kingdom or are soon to depart, you can find helpful information and advice in the Expat Briefing dedicated United Kingdom section including; details of immigration and visas, United Kingdom forums, United Kingdom event listings and service providers in the United Kingdom.

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Living in the United Kingdom

From your safety to shoppingliving in the United Kingdom can yield great benefits as well as occasional drawbacks.  Find your feet and stay abreast of the latest developments affecting expats in the United Kingdom with relevant news and up-to-date information.

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Working in the United Kingdom

Working in the United Kingdom can be rewarding as well as stressful, if you don't plan ahead and fulfill any legal requirements. Find out about visas and passports, owning and operating a company in the United Kingdom, and general United Kingdom culture of the labour market.

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