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United Kingdom

  • Getting there: Flights into the UK are likely to arrive at one of London's five airports amongst which Heathrow Airport (LHR) is by far the largest international gateway into the UK. The United Kingdom is also physically linked to two other countries — the Channel Tunnel connects it to France, and Northern Ireland shares a land border with the Republic of Ireland.
  • Capital city: London.
  • Population: 65.059 million.
  • Religion: Predominantly Christian.
  • Language: English.
  • Currency: Pound sterling (GBP).
  • Climate: The UK has a temperate maritime climate where temperatures whether hot or cold are always mild and not extreme. The Atlantic Ocean and latitude play a great part in moderating regional climes. Northern Ireland, Wales and western parts of England and Scotland are generally the mildest, wettest and windiest regions of the UK without great temperature variations. The eastern side is drier and cooler with larger temperature fluctuations.
  • Transport: The United Kingdom is relatively compact, so navigating the country by air is probably best reserved for extreme long distances. Otherwise train and coach are the most convenient options for visiting Britain’s major cities. Hiring a car is also a worthwhile idea if wanting to explore at a personal speed.
  • Best time to travel: If after reliable weather and an outdoor holiday, summer (early June to mid September) for the most part should be warm, quite dry and the best time to visit the UK.
  • What to wear: Like most of Western Europe there is no dress code as such and really anything is acceptable.
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