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§ 24. United Kingdom. (textbook)

§ 24. United Kingdom.

"Country velychyya, the abode of Mars?
Schastlyveysheho otchyzna tribe,
? In serebryanoy frames ocean? "
William Shakespeare


  1. What are the natural and climatic conditions has the British Isles?
  2. Features of the administrative-territorial system of the country?
  3. Why during Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the country were closed the vast majority of coal mines?

Business Card

Area: 244 872 km2

Population: 61 113 000 (2010)


Official name: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Political System: Constitutional monarchy

Legislature: Bicameral parliament (House of Commons and House of Lords)

President: King (Queen)

Administrative structure: 4 administrative and political parts: England (39 counties, 6 counties and special metropolitenskyh administrative unit - Greater London), Wales (8 counties), Scotland (12 counties: 9 districts and 3 island territory) and Northern Ireland (26  districts)

Common religion: Christianity (Anglicans, Catholics)

Member UN, NATO, OSCE, EU (1973), the British Commonwealth of Nations

National Holiday: Queen's Birthday

Administrative divisions

EGP and natural resources potential. Great Britain  - A state in northwest Europe, located in the British islands washed by the Atlantic Ocean and its seas - North and Irish, channels Channel, Pas de Calais separated from Europe, North and St. George - the island of Ireland. The nearest neighbor countries are France and Belgium. Insularity contributed to the fact that during the existence of the state in nearly nine and a half  centuries, she did not know a foreign invasion, but she participated in Broad military campaigns in Europe and beyond.  The coastline is dissected by bays, fjords and estuaries, forms large peninsulas: Wales and Cornwall with plenty of convenient bays  which contributed to the growth of the country as a great sea power. Scotland and Northern England, the so-called High UK - Highlands (Pivnichnoshotlandske Highlands, Uplands Pivdennoshotlandska, Penninski and the Cambrian Mountains). In the south and southeast Britain Low (London Basin) - hilly plains, typical landscape of "good old England ".

Temperate oceanic, humid climate of the country was formed under the influence Gulf Stream, mild winter (3-7 ° C) and cool summers (11-17 ° C), the number  rainfall varies from 600-750 mm on the plains to 1000-3000 mm per year in mountains, evenly distributed throughout the year. Climatic conditions contribute to the development of agriculture - growing herbs on pastures, development of biotechnology. Great number of rivers (the largest - Thames, Severn), many of which combine channels - an important factor for the development of the economy. In Scotland and Ireland many lakes (Loch Ness, Loch Lomond, Lough Neagh). The mountains are peat, heather wasteland, traditionally used as pastures. Forests occupy only 9% area (oak, beech, birch). The plains are occupied by arable land, meadows and densely inhabited.

Since minerals are coal, oil, natural gas, zinc, gold, tin, limestone, salt, clay, chalk, gypsum, potash, sand, slate. Deposits has been exhausted, except oil and gas offshore North Sea. Population. About 80% of the population are British, 15% - Scots, Welsh, and Irish kornueltsi, about 5% - immigrants from the Commonwealth. Englishmen are the descendants of Anglo-Saxons and Normans, Scots, Irish, Welsh and kornuoltsi - descendants of the Celts. English only nation arose to XIII - XIV centuries. and in the XVI century. formed zahalnoanhliyska spoken and literary language, which belongs to Germanic group of Indo-European language family.

Most Britons are fans of the Anglican state church, Scots mostly Presbyterians, Irish Catholics generally. Most densely inhabited central and south-eastern England, the least is populated regions of northern Scotland and central Wales. There  high degree of urbanization, urban population in 89.4% of the population. Almost half of them living in large cities with populations over 100 thousand people. In the country emerged from the 8 large konurbatsiy population over 1 million people, which are about one third of the population country. The average population density - 245.5 persons. km2 (2003).

In areas of employment in farms divided follows: agriculture - 1.4%, industry - 18.2% services - 80.4%.

Largest citiesLondon, Birmingham, Leeds, Glasgow, Sheffield, Bradford, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Manchester, Bristol. Most of  They are the major seaports.

Westminster Bridge in London

London founded by the Romans in 43 AD in town Celtic settlement on the northern bank of the River Thames. Conurbation Greater London forms a special administrative unit - metropolitenske county, consisting of City and 32 districts. At the end of 40-ies around the Greater London launched construction of eight new towns, the so-called London ring. To prevent further expansion of Greater London, around created a "green belt" prohibited any construction.

A large industrial center and transportation hub. The city operates 11 major railways, 15 radial and 3 ring motorway, Europe's largest and one of the world's largest international airport Heathrow area of

The city has 12 universities, technical institutes, the British Academy, Royal Society of London, Royal Institution of Great Britain, Royal Academy of Arts, drama, music,  dance, more than 250 museums: the world's largest British Museum (1753) Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, Geological Museum, Maritime Museum. London is one of the most expensive  cities in the world. Average life of its inhabitants three times higher national average, but the poor areas here are still preserved.

Horse patrol police on the streets of London

Birmingham, the second largest city in Britain, more than a third of its population are immigrants from its former colonies and their descendants.

The first city mentioned in the "Book of Judgement" (1086) from the XIII century. town became popular because of fairs. In the XVI century. here established production of steel products from the XVI century. began to forge weapons for soldiers  Parliament. The invention of the steam engine and the beginning of the Industrial Revolution made Birmingham the center of the industry began an intensive inflow population of the territories of the colonies.

One of the largest cities in Europe, where more than half the cost active population employed in industry: ferrous (iron) metallurgy at the local iron and coal deposits of South Staffordshire basin, production of metal products, machinery and  Metalworking, automotive (car assembly plants of "British Motor Holding", including companies "Austin" and "Maurice"); company car and aircraft engines;-allied plants, rubber industry, including one of the oldest in the world production of tires (Plant firm "Dunlop"); electrical industry (factories of "Lucas", "General Electric"), machine tools, manufacturing railroad equipment and cars, military industry, processing nonferrous metals, jewelry manufacturing.

The oldest buildings are the town hall, built in 1830 and Town Hall - in 1870. On the outskirts of Birmingham - botanical gardens greenhouses.

Manchester, the administrative center metropolitenskoho County and konurbatsiyi Great Manchester.

Sea Port of Manchester canal, which connects the city with Irish Sea. A channel also has a link with Liverpool. Center engineering, textile, chemical, light industry, paper industry,  world trade center fabrics.

Manchester came to the site of Celtic and Roman settlements Mansenion fortified camp Mankunium, founded in 79 AD

There are university, city museum, art gallery, opera House, Urban Drama Theatre, Apollo, BBC Philharmonic BBC, chamber concert halls.

Glasgow, the largest Scottish city, which appeared in the VI century. Name of Gaelic Glaschu, ie «Green Glen» (green division). The role of particularly increased during the establishment of British colonies in North America. From the surrounding suburbs Dumbarton, Greenock those other forms  konurbatsiyu Klaydsayd. Glasgow - Scotland's main industrial center, port at the mouth of the River Clyde with developed shipbuilding, heavy engineering, metallurgy, clothing, paper, harchovosmakovoyu, printing industry.

Glasgow - A significant educational center of the country, universities  Glasgow Strechklayda (1796), Caledonian (1875), college. Great Britain gave the world well-known prominent scientists, researchers, travelers and artists: Thomas More, Isaac Newton, Robert Boyle, Michael Faraday, Charles Darwin, John Maynard Keynes, Daniel Defoe, Jonathan Swift, Joseph Kyplinha, Henry Hudson, James Cook, Robert  Scott and many others.

UK leads the Commonwealth, which includes 53 countries.

UK economy - one of the four most developed economies of Europe. Over the past 20 years, there was held the following transformation: cut the public sector, reduced tax rates on individuals and legal entities held deregulation and de-industrialization  Economics (with simultaneous decrease in government spending). In terms of GDP  per capita state is top-ranked countries, and is $ 37 400. 3a sectors of the economy's GDP is allocated as follows: Agriculture provides 0.9% of the cost, industry - 22.8%, field services - 76.2%, these figures almost match the employment ratio population in the areas of the economy.

Economic map

Industry. With reserves of energy resources (oil, gas and coal) United Kingdom ranks first in Europe. In British sector holds about a third of oil and gas extraction  which is offshore North Sea platforms. Oil is more than 124 million tons per year, fixed deposits Brent and Fortis. Exploited gas fields 17, about 89.9 billion m3. Top deposit: Lehman-Benk, Brent, Morck. British-Dutch oil holding in British Petroleum and Royal Datch Shell are among the world leaders in  mining and oil refining. Extraction of coal, which played crucial role in the Industrial Revolution in Britain, constantly reduced.

Transport machinery, including automobiles, representing national companies and branches of foreign companies «Rover», «Ford», «Jaguar», «Pegeout-Talbot», «Honda», «Nissan», «Toyota» and others.

Aerospace Britain in terms of production and technological production ranks third in the world after the U.S. and France. Industry produces aircraft engines "Rolls-Royce" of civilian and military  aircraft «British Aerospace», «Harrier», «Tornado», «Eurofighter», equipment for the European consortium Airbus Industry ».

The country has highly developed shipbuilding, manufacturing agricultural machinery and machine tools, textile equipment (The production of machine tools UK ranks 7th in the world), electronics and electrical engineering, software, telecommunications agents (fiber optics, radar, etc.), medical equipment, home technique.

Chemical industry is represented by a wide range of finished products consumed in the country and abroad. Pharmaceutics  (Country - the fourth world producer of drugs), agricultural chemistry, perfumery, synthetic fibers, plastics, paint, new materials and biotechnology.

The development of modern industry of the country determined the level of development high technology. UK is the highest scientific and technical  potential of Europe. The costs of research are more than 2%  GDP per year, over 35% of all research projects funded state. Around Cambridge created Science and Technology Park, producing optics and computer technology, industrial parks and working in Edinburgh, between London and Bristol in the "M-4 Corridor". For part-Tech Industries Great Britain second only to USA.

By the old textile district - Lancashire (main area of

Flavoring industry produces concentrates confectionery and tobacco products, drinks (about one fifth of the world exports of alcoholic beverages, mainly English and Scottish whiskey gin is the UK).

For the industrial countries is characterized by focus on imported raw materials, as in ferrous and nonferrous metallurgy, chemical industry gravitate to the port cities.

Great Britain was th is a powerful industrial state, but currently the basis of its economy already is not industry and services sector, primarily financial. London today consider "financial capital" planet. Apart from British banks, there are more than fifty largest banks in other countries. 25% of GDP financial sector creates  services, which employs 12% of the country's workforce. Among financial  services should provide banking insurance, derivatives market financial instruments (futures, options, global custody ADRs), market bonds (Eurobonds), currency market, financial leasing, trust operations with foreign shares transactions precious metals. Significant financial centers are also Manchester  Cardiff, Liverpool, Edinburgh.

Centre of Edinburgh. Scotland

London - The largest tourist center of the world, and in the UK plenty of interesting tourist attractions. In tourism employs 7% of the population, and the annual income from tourism than 8 billion. Much of the GDP and provides education in the world famous schools (colleges) and universities where students go to study virtually  from all European countries and immigrants from Commonwealth nations.

Stonehenge - the most famous prehistoric monument of Great Britain

Agriculture. Agriculture - intensive, highly mechanized and one of the most effective for European standards, meets about 75% of consumer needs for participation of less than 1.5% of labor resources. In agriculture used by almost a quarter of the country, more than half of which occupied by farmland. Approximately half of the territory occupied pastures.

Stockbreeding - The foundation of agriculture, its production is almost 70%. Mostly meat and dairy cattle in Midland and Yorkshire and the traditional sheep in Scotland, Northern England, Wales, developed in pig and poultry farming. Livestock of cattle is about 12 million pigs - with over 75 million heads, poultry - more than 130 million pieces. For sports and recreation purposes of breeding horses. Fish raised on farms or caught in the ocean.

One-third of arable land occupied by crops: wheat, oats, barley. From crops grown sugar beets, flax, potatoes. In eastern development has received and vegetable gardening. Geographically the main the agricultural regions of the country is the eastern and south-east England.

Transport. The country has developed all kinds of transport. Virtually everyone, even in a small town has an airport. Top international airports are located in the capital. For air transport  international traffic Britain second only to USA.

The length of railways reached 37 thousand kilometers. Since 1994, under the English Channel operates the tunnel, which allows the train to get to the continent without ferries. The length of highways of the country is about 390 km. Road and rail transport are the leaders in internal transportation of passengers and cargo. Pipelines in the country carrying condensate, gas, liquid petroleum gas, crude oil and refined products.

Over 200 years the country was the world leader in marine and today remains one of the major maritime powers. In the marine transportation accounted for over 85% of freight of the country. Major ports and terminals: Southampton, Dover, Manchester, Liverpool, London, Edinburgh.

There are more than 40 million users of Internet.

Foreign economic relations. As before, the economy country depends on foreign investment, which is dominated by flows capital from the U.S. and Western Europe. But the actual investment that previously concentrated in the countries of the colony, now guided by country Europe, including Eastern. For example, in Ukraine, with participation British capital and has successfully created a powerful trader "NIBULON".

Together with the countries of "big seven" The UK has changed the structure their exports. Today it exports of services (banking, insurance,  telecommunications, tourism, science and information, transport) more than goods and raw materials.

The main export commodities: machinery, manufactured goods, aerospace equipment and electronics, medical and scientific equipment, products pharmaceutical industry, new technologies, crude oil, fuel, chemicals, food, beverages, tobacco. The main trade partners are the U.S., Germany, France, Ireland, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy.

Objectivity of the existence of the country's economy depends on imports is the lack of its own raw materials. Importing countries, industrial goods, machinery, fuel, ore concentrates, food products from Germany, USA, China, Netherlands, France, Belgium, Norway and Italy.

Glossary of Terms and Concepts

Diversification(Latin diversificatio - change variety), entry of firms in industries that do not have direct production of communication or functional depending on their major area activity. Associated with the process of concentration of production in inter-branch level, restructure the economy. Most  development in Europe and other regions of the world diversification received after the Second World War. In a broad sense - the spread economic activity to new areas (expanding the range products, types of services).

Konurbatsiya(Latin con - together, urbs - city) - urban agglomeration politsentrychnoho type that has a center several identical in size and importance of cities in the absence of one clearly dominant.