About United Kingdom
- Northern Ireland
Dialing code: 44
National anthem: God Save the Queen
Population: 62,641,000 (2011) World Bank
GDP: US$ 2.432 trillion (2011) World Bank
Currency: : UK £
The UK has one of the world’s most globalised economies. London is the world’s largest financial centre alongside New York and has the largest city GDP in Europe. As of December 2010 the UK had the third-largest stock of both inward and outward foreign direct investment (in each case after the United States and France). The aerospace industry of the UK is the second- or third-largest national aerospace industry, depending upon the method of measurement. The pharmaceutical industry plays an important role in the UK economy and the country has the third-highest share of global pharmaceutical R&D expenditures (after the United States and Japan). The British economy is boosted by North Sea oil and gas reserves, valued at an estimated £250 billion in 2007.The UK is currently ranked seventh in the world (and third in Europe) in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index.
The UK is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the European Union, the G7, the G8, the G20, the International Monetary Fund, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the World Bank, the World Trade Organisation and the United Nations.