38 Fun Facts About United Kingdom - Interesting Facts
The UK is a place visited by many tourists every year, with its culture, magnificent nature, history, and literature. We've listed some fun facts for you from England, the capital city of London, and Scotland, Wales! Sign up for our mailing list to read more fun information.
1. The first beverage that comes to mind when you think of Britain is probably tea. Tea is the most popular beverage among the British. It is estimated that they drink an average of 165 million cups of tea every day. Of course, this is not like other teas, this is especially milk tea, maybe you should consider having a good English tea on your trip to England.
2. One of the world's largest urban and overpopulated areas, London was once the center of the world, especially before the United States became that big. The city is home to more than 8 million citizens who communicate using different languages. It is estimated that there are more than 300 different languages spoken in London. London is a great option to feel and experience many different cultures in one place without traveling the world.
3. Another piece of information that will surprise you about England is that it was the first country to use a postage stamp. Despite this, England is the only country in the world that does not have to give its name on a postage stamp.
4. Probably because of their popularity as ancient monuments, people consider the pyramids in Egypt to be the oldest objects in the world. But in England, there is the Stonehenge monument, one of the oldest monuments in the world and claimed to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Scientists believe it was built more than 3,000 years ago. Of course, how the stones are placed on top of each other and that they have a geometrical shape and symmetry with respect to the sun increases our mystery and curiosity.
5. 1.107 feet, or 350 meters, London's Shard building was completed in 2012, making it the tallest object on the European continent. But we would like to add that it has more beautiful architecture than a flat skyscraper.
6. Golf was invented in Scotland and is considered a national sport today. Reliable sources claim that the game was first invented in 1457. The game became so popular among the Scots after the Second World War. James banned it because it badly affected the army. But of course, you cannot prevent something from being banned, and now that golf is such a popular and elite sport. If you look at golf clubs and the nature of Scotland it will be easy to understand why it was invented there.
7. As for the cuisine, typically British dishes are roast beef and Yorkshire steak, but the British chose Chicken tikka as their national dish. Chicken tikka is actually an Indian recipe. England is famous for its literature, architecture, and many other beauties, but English cuisine is not that extensive.
8. England is connected to the continental regions of Europe via the Channel Tunnel. At 21 miles, this road is the second-longest underground tunnel. It connects the cities of Dover (England) and Calais (France). So it is possible to travel all over Europe, including England, by car.
9. Queen Elizabeth ascended the throne in 1953 and became the world's longest-reigning Queen in 2015. It will be very difficult to beat this record when a new queen or king passes.
10. Windsor Castle is where the British royal family still lives. The building is the oldest royal residence. It is probably a beautiful experience for a child to grow up in such an amazing fairytale place.
11. In August 1896, the United Kingdom and the Sultanate of Zanzibar fought for about 40 minutes, making it the shortest war in history. Only one British sailor was wounded, losses on the other side amounted to 500 people. Presumably, during this period, news of the war was over before the Kingdom convened Parliament from London.
12. Although English is the official language in the United Kingdom, there are various accents throughout the country. The accent changes so much that you can often encounter different accents within a short distance of a few kilometers. Especially if you go to Scotland, you may hear an English accent that you have never heard before in your life.
13. J. K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter book series, is a billionaire British author. In 2014, her total fortune reached $1 billion. She is definitely one of the richest women in the world right now.
14. If you have paid attention to the TV channels of the BBC, you can easily notice that their programs do not show ads. This is because they are public broadcasting operators and are paid for by British citizens. But the BBC has an office in almost every country in the world and with the taxes paid by UK citizens we can easily watch and enjoy the BBC.
15. The British passport is issued in the name of the Queen. Therefore, Her Majesty is not required to hold or show any passport. The Queen has visited over 100 different countries and does not have a passport.
16. Oxford University is the oldest higher education institution in the UK. Until 1877, the faculty members of this university were not allowed to marry. If this rule had not been removed, perhaps the famous writer JR R Tolkien would never have had a son named Christopher Tolkien when he worked at Oxford
17. Llanfairpwllgwyngyll-gogerychwyrndrobwllllandysiliogogoch. You see a meaningless string of letters, right? But that's the name of a town in Wales. It is the longest town name in the world. However, people changed it to a shorter version. Fortunately, road signs are provided in Wales in both Welsh and English. Fitting your place of birth in a passport probably won't be easy. Or you could spend weeks learning to say that name.
18. An old decree in England says that if the ravens leave the Tower, the White Tower will fall and a great disaster will befall the Kingdom. The rule is set by King Charles II. Also, the king decided to always keep at least six ravens in the Tower to prevent disaster. We really wonder why he made this decision and what was on his mind at the time.
19. In ancient times, a random citizen was not allowed to die in a government facility. Some believe that such a rule was applied in the UK Parliament, but this is not true. And they are not random citizens, given that they are often considered noble in parliament.
20. Myths and legends involving monsters and mysterious creatures are popular stories in the UK. There are many people who claim to have witnessed such creatures in the past. Such stories once also swept London Bridge, with some people saying they heard the voice of a woman walking around at night. For example, there are short stories based on the lake where a monster named Loch Ness or Nessie lived in Scotland.
21. It is estimated that there are more Indian restaurants in London than in India's largest urban centers such as Mumbai or New Delhi. This, as we mentioned at the beginning, causes the most famous dishes of London to be Indian dishes, of course, the contribution of its excellent spices and flavors is great.
22. The Union Flag or Union Jack is the flag of England. Its design is a mix of the English, Scottish flag, and the St Patrick's flag representing Ireland. Sorry, Wales! Unfortunately, they were unable to decipher a mythological mythical dragon.
23. There is no official religion in England, but the majority of Brits are either catholic or protestant. In addition, 27% of the population is atheist.
24. There are no active volcanoes in the UK. Lucky and unlucky alike, volcanoes enrich the soil, but no Englishman in his history has ever had to fear volcanoes.