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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland1
Flag of the United Kingdom Coat of arms of the United Kingdom
Flag Coat of arms
Motto: Dieu et mon droit
(Royal motto; French for "God and my right") 3
Anthem: God Save the Queen 4
Location of the United Kingdom
Capital London
51°30′N 0°7′W
Most populous conurbation London
Official language(s) None at a national level. English (de facto 5)
Government Constitutional monarchy
- Queen HM Queen Elizabeth II
- Prime Minister The Rt Hon Tony Blair MP
Establishment January 1, 1801 6
Accession to EU January 1, 1973
- Total 244,820 km² (78th)
94,526 sq mi
- Water (%) 1.34%
- 2004 est. 59,834,300 7 (21st)
- 2001 census 58,789,194
- Density 243/km² (33rd)
629/sq mi
GDP (PPP) 2005 estimate
- Total $1.867 trillion (6th)
- Per capita $30,900 (18th)
HDI (2003) 0.939 (15th) – high
Currency Pound sterling (£) (GBP)
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)
- Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
Internet TLD .uk8
Calling code +44
1 In the UK, some other languages have been officially recognised as legitimate autochthonous (regional) languages under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. In each of these, the UK's official name is as follows: Welsh: Teyrnas Unedig Prydain Fawr a Gogledd Iwerddon Scottish Gaelic: An Rìoghachd Aonaichte na Breatainn Mhòr agus Eirinn a Tuath Irish: Ríocht Aontaithe na Breataine Móire agus Tuaisceart na hÉireann Scots: Unitit Kinrick o Great Bretain an Northren Ireland Cornish: An Rywvaneth Unys a Vreten Veur hag Iwerdhon Glédh 2 There is also a variant for use in Scotland, see Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom for details.
3 The Royal motto used in Scotland is Nemo Me Impune Lacessit (Latin for "No-one provokes me with impunity").
4 See 'symbols' section.
5 Officially recognised languages: In addition to English (whose use is established by precedent), Welsh (in Wales) and Scottish Gaelic (in Scotland) are recognised since 2005 Act.
6 Formed as United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Name changed to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in 1927.
7 Official estimate provided by the UK Office for National Statistics [2].
8 ISO 3166-1 is GB, but .gb is unused
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