- Capital: London
- Official Language: English
- Regional Languages: Scots, Ulster Scots, Welsh, Cornish, Scottish Gaelic, Irish
- Religion: 59.5% Christianity, 25.7% No Religion, 4.4% Islam
- Government: Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
- The UK is comprised of the Island of Great Britain, the Northeastern part of Ireland, and many small islands in the British Isles.
- People often use ‘Great Britain’ as a synonym for the United Kingdom.
- London has the most international visitors of any city in the world.
- The UK recently withdrew from the European Union in 2020 after a referendum in 2016. They had been a part of the EU, then known as the European Communities, since 1973.
- The Prime Minister is the head of government. They are also the monarch’s principal advisor.
- The Parliament is made up of two houses, the House of Lords and the House of Commons.
- The United Kingdom is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the Council of Europe, the G7, the Group of Ten, the G20, the United Nations, NATO, AUKUS, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Interpol, and the World Trade Organization (WTO).
- Local government organization is complex and consists of regional tiers, county and district councils and unitary authorities.
- In London, there are 32 boroughs and the City of London, which are each governed by borough councils.
- The UK has three distinct systems of law: English law, Northern Ireland law and Scots law.
- The UK has the fifth largest economy in the world, based on market exchange rates.
- London is the second largest financial center in the world, after New York City - according to the Global Financial Centres Index of 2020.
- 79% of the country's GDP comes from the service sector.
- Following the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union, the functioning of the UK internal economic market is enshrined by the United Kingdom Internal Market Act 2020 which ensures trade in goods and services continues without internal barriers across the four countries of the United Kingdom.
- When meeting with a colleague - especially for the first time - make sure to use formal greetings.
- British people are known for having a dry sense of humor, so while interactions may seem formal at first, they’ll likely clue you in to their personality with a smart and funny quip.
- Always be on time for meetings, if not (at least) five minutes early! End promptly as well. Respect for others’ schedules is important.
- Keep your meeting on topic! The British people often like to get to the point quickly, especially in matters of business.
- It’s always better to be overdressed rather than underdressed when doing business in the UK.
- It’s quite customary for colleagues to want to socialize after work, if you’re working in person. It will definitely be well received if you buy a round of pints for your work mates.