Population: 61.4 million
Main airport: London Heathrow
Currency: Pound sterling
Languages: English, Welsh, Gaelic, Scots
Main towns/cities: London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast
The UK is the sixth-largest economy in the world and the third largest in the EU after Germany and France, with a GDP of $2.521 trillion (2013). It has a highly developed, diversified, market-based economy with extensive social welfare services. The GDP per capita income is $39,941 (2014)
The United Kingdom is a major economic and military power, with considerable political and cultural influence around the world.
It is one of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). As well as a founding member of most influential world organizations such as the G8, NATO, WTO, Council of Europe and the Commonwealth among others.
The UK government is led by the Conservative party headed by the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP. Scotland. Wales and Northern Ireland have flexible degrees of political autonomy.