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Government Resources: International Information: United Kingdom


About the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


The United Kingdom has historically played a leading role in developing parliamentary democracy and in advancing literature and science. At its zenith in the 19th century, the British Empire stretched over one-fourth of the earth's surface. The first half of the 20th century saw the UK's strength seriously depleted in two World Wars and the Irish republic withdraw from the union. The second half witnessed the dismantling of the Empire and the UK rebuilding itself into a modern and prosperous European nation. As one of five permanent members of the UN Security Council, a founding member of NATO, and of the Commonwealth, the UK pursues a global approach to foreign policy. The UK is also an active member of the EU, although it chose to remain outside the Economic and Monetary Union. Devolution and constitutional reform have been significant recent issues in the UK. The Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales, and the Northern Ireland Assembly were established in 1999, but the latter was suspended until May 2007 due to wrangling over the peace process. World Factbook

United Kingdom: Communications and Electronic Information

United Kingdom: Economy, Business, Labor, Banking, Industry and Trade

United Kingdom: Education, Literacy and Libraries

United Kingdom: Environment, Climate, Geology, Energy, Mining, Animals and Natural Disasters

United Kingdom: Equality, Democracy, Privacy, Civil and Human Rights

United Kingdom: Family, Youth and Children

United Kingdom: Health, Disability, Safety, Nutrition and Fitness

United Kingdom: History, Heritage, Anthropology, Archaeology and Geography

United Kingdom: Housing and Construction

United Kingdom: International Relations, Diplomacy and Foreign Assistance

United Kingdom: Judicial System, Courts and Law

United Kingdom: Military, Defense, Security, Intelligence and Terrorism

United Kingdom: Northern Ireland Conflict

United Kingdom: Population, Census, Immigration, Refugees and Migration

United Kingdom: Public Safety, Corrections, Law Enforcement and Crime

United Kingdom: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

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