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Updated: 2017-03-15.

General points to know about the country – demographics, important ages, phone numbers, key statistics, and more – whether you are traveling there or not.

Capital: London (& largest city)

Population: 65.1 million (2016 estimate)

Language(s): English

Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II

Prime Minister: Theresa May

Currency: Pound Sterling £ (GBP)

Area: 242,495 km2 (93,628 mi2)

Dialing Code: +44

Time Zone: Greenwich Mean Time “GMT” (UTC)
•   DST/Summer Time: British Summer Time “BST” (UTC+1)

Demonym: British or Briton (what’s this?)

Emergency Dialing Tel. Number: 112 (general number for police, fire, ambulance, etc.)

Drinking Age: 18 to purchase

Smoking Age: 18 to purchase

Age of Consent: 16

Drives on the: Left

Electricity & Adapter: 230 V, 50 Hz, Plug Types G (define)

Country Code (ISO): GB (also the country’s primary TLD {top-level domain})

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