England is the most populous country in the United Kingdom. Other countries that make up the United Kingdom are Wales, Scotland and Ireland.
We present to your attention a selection of interesting facts and information about England.
1) England is 74 times smaller than the United States, 59 times smaller than Australia and 3 times smaller than Japan. However, England is 2.5 times more populous than Australia and 1.5 times more populous than California.
2) About 20 million tourists visit England every year.
3) 25% of Londoners were born outside the UK. They speak over 300 different languages.
4) Engines for Aston Martin cars are assembled by hand. Over 400 quality checks pass Aston Martin vehicles before they go into service.
5) Big Ben is not the name of a clock, but a 13-ton bell.
6) The first telephone directory was compiled in England in 1880. It had 25 names.
7) There is no written constitution in Great Britain. This is a unique phenomenon in Europe. Instead, Britain has a collection of historical documents such as the Magnacarta from 1215, which is the foundation of the constitution.
8) Dolly the Sheep was cloned in Scotland in 1996.
9) England is sometimes called “Albion” after the Roman invaders saw the white cliffs at Dover.
10) The light in the bathroom turns on if you pull the string
11) Dinner is actually supper. Or just a late dinner. It is for “supper” that the British eat spaghetti, roast. This usually happens around 7 or 8 pm.
12) When you cross the road at a red light, cars usually do not honk. They slow down or even stop.
13) If you want to have some fun in London, you should know that most establishments close at 11pm or around midnight.
14) Queen Elizabeth I, who ruled England 400 years ago, completely bald before she was 50 years old. There were over 70 wigs in her collection. One of them was bright green.
15) The heaviest crown in the Tower of London weighs 2 kg
16) In the entire history of the existence of the Big Ben clock, there were only 4 failures:
– in 1962 he was 10 minutes late on New Year’s Eve,
– in 1972, there was a single breakdown associated with the metal parts of the mechanism responsible for striking the bells. Big Ben did not work from August 5, 1975 to May 9, 1977,
– in 1997, on April 30, to be precise, the clock stopped. A similar situation happened 3 weeks later,
– in 2005, at 22:07 on May 27, the clock stopped ticking. It hasn’t worked for 90 minutes.
17) The Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland stands above the law, is the head of the National Church of England, the leader of the military and a tourist attraction.