23 interesting facts about Britain

Posted on May 25, 2022      35

Great Britain is the birthplace of proper gentlemen and the tradition of drinking tea every day at 5 pm. Of course, under the onslaught of multiculturalism, much has become similar to all the other European countries, although the typical English flavor has survived, especially outside London.

Facts about Britain

1. The British monarch heads not only his own country but also 15 other independent countries, including such exotic ones as Papua - New Guinea.

2. The British islands were originally known as “Albion,” but after the conquest of these lands by the Romans, the name Great Britain was established.

3. Britain is connected with Europe by a 50-kilometer tunnel, 38 kilometers of which are laid underwater. This length makes it the longest underwater tunnel on the planet.

4. Britain’s only land border is between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

5. England occupies a little more than half of the entire British territory.

6. Some scientists believe that by 2080 there will be 626,000 people aged 100 or older living in Britain.

7. Research shows that the ancestors of modern Britons arrived on the islands about 6,200 years ago, and genetically they have much in common with the Spanish Basques.

8. English, which spread around the world thanks to the influence of the British Empire, is the second most studied language on the planet.

9. Britain does not have a unified constitution and legal system.

10. The British Companies Act, passed in 2006, was one of the most voluminous pieces of legislation in the kingdom’s history: some 700 pages of the document contain 1,300 articles with 16 appendices.

11. In Scotland, juries can give not only “guilty” and “not guilty” verdicts but also “not proven. The Scots themselves often joke that it means: “not guilty, but never do it again”.

12. Britain has about 20 military bases around the world.

13. Thanks to great British scientists, the theory of species evolution, penicillin, the laws of motion and the structure of DNA were discovered. In addition, the British invented the steam engine, the electric motor, the incandescent lamp, the jet engine, and laid the foundation for computers.

14.The Royal Society of London, founded in the second half of the 17th century, is the oldest scientific society on the planet.

15. British companies have discovered and developed more drugs than pharmacists in any other country on earth except the United States.

16. The English playwright William Shakespeare is one of the greatest writers in human history.

17. The oldest poem in Britain was written in the late 6th century in the north.

18. More than a billion cassettes, records and discs of the British band The Beatles have been sold worldwide, allowing the musicians from Liverpool to hold the title of the best-selling artists in history.

19. The series of books about the young wizard Harry Potter, written by British author Joanne Rowling, holds the record for the number of copies sold.

20. London became the first city on Earth to host the Olympics three times.

21. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has no passport because all passports in the country are issued in her name.

22. British laws do not prohibit children 5 years and older from drinking alcohol at home or on any other private property.

23. Although slavery was abolished in Britain and its colonies in the 19th century, it was not considered a crime under British law until spring 2010. 

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