United Kingdom Facts and Information

• London has been called Londonium, Ludenwic, and Ludenburg in the past.

• No place in United Kingdom is more than 75 miles from the sea.

• United Kingdom has four national soccer teams - England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is the only country to have so many national soccer teams.

• United Kingdom is the first country in the world to issue national stamps. The first nation-wide stamp also first adhesive stamp was issued in 1840.


• The Anglo-Portuguese Treaty was signed in 1373 and is still in force making Portugal the oldest ally of England.

• United Kingdom is the only country in the world without a written constitution.

• Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the World. It is the official family home to British kings and queens for over 1,000 years.

• 58 countries in the world celebrate Independence Day from United Kingdom.

• Sixteen countries are still technically subjects of the British monarchy.

• On Sept. 9, 2015, Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest-reigning UK monarch ever. She broke her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria's record of 63 years, seven months and two days on the throne.

• England is only 35 km from France and connected to the mainland Europe and France via an underwater tunnel.

• English is the official language of the England.

• The United Kingdom has not a written constitution.

• French was the official language of England for about 300 years, from 1066 till 1362.

• The first postage stamp was created in the U.K. It was designed in 1840 and it featured Queen Victoria.

• Queen Elizabeth is the longest-reigning Queen in the world.

• There are over thirty places around the world named Birmingham.

• Adder happens to be the only venomous snake in the U.K.

• Shakespeare added approximately 3000 words to the English language.

• British Library is the 2nd largest library in the world, housing over 150 million items.

• London has over 170 museums.

• Corante was the first British newspaper. Its first-ever copy was published in 1621.

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