The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland consists of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
People in the United Kingdom are living longer. Women continue to have a higher life expectancy than men: 80.5 years and 75.8 years, respectively. By 2030, about 1 in 5 people in the United Kingdom will be aged 65 or over. British people can expect to have more years of unhealthy life than people in most other Eur-A countries.
Geographical size: 248.527,8 km2
Population: 64.308.261 (2014)
Population as % of total EU population: 12,7 % (2014)
GDP: â‚¬ 1.899 trillion (2013)
Official EU language(s): English
Political system: Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy
EU member country since: 1 January 1973
Seats in the European Parliament: 73
Currency: Pound sterling GBP
Schengen area member? No, the UK is not a member of the Schengen Area
Presidency of the Council: The UK has held the revolving presidency of the Council of the EU 5 times between 1977 and 2005. The next time will be in 2017