Total area: 242 514 km² (93,638 sq miles)
Population: 62.4 million (UN, 2011)
The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland and many smaller islands. Apart from this land border, the UK is also surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the North Sea, the English Channel and the Irish Sea.
The UK is a developed country and has the world's 7th largest economy by nominal GDP. It was the world's first industrialised nation and the world's foremost power during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The UK remains a great power with leading economic, military, cultural, scientific and political influence. It is a recognised nuclear weapons state and its military expenditure hovers between third or fourth position in the world.
The UK is one of the world's most globalised countries. Alongside New York, London is the world's largest financial centre and has the largest city GDP in Europe. Depending upon the method of measurement, UK’s aerospace industry is the second- or third-largest national aerospace industry. The pharmaceutical industry plays an important role in the British economy which is further boosted by North Sea oil and gas reserves, valued at an estimated £250 billion in 2007.
Britain has a temperate climate, with plenty of rainfall throughout the year. The temperature varies with the seasons seldom dropping below −11 °C (12 °F) or rising above 35 °C (95 °F). There are prevailing winds stemming from the south-west and bear frequent spells of mild and wet weather from the nearby Atlantic Ocean, although the eastern parts are mostly sheltered from this wind, as the majority of rainfall tends to drop over the western regions, the eastern parts are therefore the driest. Currents from the Atlantic are warmed by the Gulf Stream and in occurring so, tend to bring mild winters; this tends to be true in the west where winters are wet and even more so over high ground. Summers are warmest in the south-eastern part of England, being closest to the European mainland, and coolest in the north. Heavy snowfall can occur in winter and early spring on high grounds, and occasionally settles to great depth away from the hills.
Tourism is very important to the British economy. In the year 2004 and with over 27 million tourists arriving, the United Kingdom was ranked as the sixth major tourist destination in the world. London, by a considerable margin, is the most visited city in the world with 15.6 million visitors in 2006, ahead of 2nd placed Bangkok (10.4 million visitors) and 3rd placed Paris (9.7 million).
1. France – 3.62 million 12.1%
2. Germany – 3.0 million 10.1%
3. USA – 2.71 million 9.1%
4. Ireland – 2.63 million 8.8%
5. Spain – 1.81 million 6.1%
6. Netherlands – 1.76 million 5.9%
7. Italy – 1.47 million 4.9%
8. Belgium – 1.14 million 3.8%
9. Poland – 1.10 million 3.7%
10. Australia – 0.99 million 3.3%
(2010 arrivals by country - Source: VisitBritain.org)
Fastest Growing Tourist Markets
Over the decade between 2000 to 2010, four out of the five fastest growing markets measured in absolute growth in value are markets in close proximity to the UK, namely FRANCE, SPAIN, the NETHERLANDS and IRELAND, but it is notable that the value of the Australian market has grown by £434m. The 'relative' growth in value shows the rapid rise in importance of a couple of countries that joined the European Union in 2004 but also reveals a 172% growth in the value of the market from India.
Namely in 2010, as the above numbers depict, the top five inbound tourism markets to the UK in terms of numbers of visits were FRANCE, GERMANY, the USA, the IRISH REPUBLIC and SPAIN. In the same year, the top five inbound tourism in terms of total spend were the USA, Germany, France, Australia and the Irish Republic. In 2010 some 29.6 milion visitors came to the UK from other countries, spending £16.7 billion. In the same year, Anholt Nations GfK Brands Index ranked the UK fourth as a 'nation brand' just behind the USA, Germany and France.
Source: Wikipedia, VisitBritain, UkInbound
Your Car Hire deal in the UK with MisterHire.Com
Whatever the location of your landing in the UK, you won’t be far away from MisterHire.Com car rental station. Our car rental locations exist everywhere in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland as well as the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. Whether you opt for a cheap rental car in the UK during your stay into a city, or a luxury UK rental car for business purposes, please check our Online fleet for the latest offers.
If you arriving into any major UK airport such as Heathrow, Belfast or Edinburgh, you’ll be in position to timely and efficiently pick up your chosen rental car with fuss-free procedures. You may also rest assure that what our competitors have as hidden fees such as various airport surcharges, such and other unwanted (hidden) charges have already been included in our online rates. As we strive to offer cheap car hire in Britain and work will all leading UK car rental agents to make sure we find the best deals for our customers. Check our Online All inclusive rates and see what you can truly save on your next car rental in over 170 countries.
We will always have a vehicle that meets your requirements. Just make sure that you book early so that our bookings and car fleet availability remain firm, concise and in smooth patterns, in order to avoid disappointment. We are able to offer a wide range of optional added extras to add onto your booking, such as satellite navigation, child seats and additional drivers. We supply cars at all the major towns and airports in the UK, so if you are looking for Manchester Airport car hire check out our special offers.
Speed Limits in the UK
Britain measures its speed in Miles, not Kilometers, as it is the only country in Europe to do so. Even though Ireland drives on the left hand side of the road too, the latter measure speed in Kilometers, whereas the UK is still in Miles per Hour.
The highway (motorway) speed limit is 70mph (112 km/h), and then it varies right down to 30 mph (50 km/h) in built-up city areas.
Police control is visible through police car (other police vehicle) patrols. There are is no chasing down the road, unless less careful drivers commit something really wrong. There are however speed cameras everywhere that will take a picture of your car / plate while speeding and track you down through your rental agency and then send you a ticket; there’s no escaping that. There are always warning signs of speeding cameras ahead, so drivers can further caution themselves and stick to the specified speed limit.
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