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Intrax Country Information England

Most people, when they hear the word 'England', think of the Royal Family, tea, constant rainy weather, or the myths and legends surrounding the country. But there's more to England than King Arthur! Today, England is especially well-known for its multicultural society. People from all over the world can be found here, combining their home culture with that of their adoptive nation. England also has a wonderful countryside to discover, perfect for a sunny summer's day. 
 

Did you know...?

  • In the official government statistics, the Jedi Knighthood ranks 896 in the list of religions. It is not an official religion, of course, but Star Wars fans entered it as their belief in an official census, and so it remains in the list.
  • Great Britain has no national holiday for the whole nation, rather each country belonging to Britain celebrates the day of its own patron saint. In England this is St George's Day (23rd April).
  • Even if it might seem that way to visitors, it doesn't actually rain every day in England! The weather here simply changes very quickly. 
  • Unlike Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, England has no separate government - matters relating only to England fall under the duties of the UK parliament.
  • Brits come only 3rd place worldwide in tea drinking, with average yearly consumption of 3.5kg of tea per person. The most important question is whether the tea should be poured first, or the milk. Whether you are a Tif (tea in first) or a Mif (milk in first) person is a question you should be prepared to answer here Apparently, Queen Elizabeth II belongs to the Tif camp...

 

Info at a glance

  Continent Europe
  Official language English
  Capital London
  Area 130,395 square km
  Population approx. 50 million
  Average age 40.2 years old
  Ethnic groups 92% white, 8% Indian, Pakistani, Afro-Carribean, etc.
  Government Constitutional-parliamentary monarchy
  Religion 74% Christian (Anglican, Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist), 2.7% Muslim, 1% Hindu, 22.3% other
  Currency Pound Sterling (£1 = 100 pence)
  Time zone GMT+0
  Telephone dialling code +44
  Voltage 230 volt, 50 hertz, adapter required
  National holiday St. George's Day (23rd April)
  Sights London (Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Tower of London),
the white cliffs of Dover, the spa city of Bath, Stonehenge, Southhampton (home port of the Titanic), Cambridge & Oxford
  Famous Brits William Shakespeare (author), Winston Churchill (politician), David Beckham (footballer), The Beatles and The Rolling Stones (bands), Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean), Robert Pattinson and Keira Knightley (actors), Kate Moss (model)
 

Country Info and Tips for Great Britain

Here you wil find a selection of sources which will give you a variety of information about the country and its culture. Use this to find out more about the country and prepare for your stay there. If you have tips of your own, which do not already appear here, we would, of course, be delighted to hear them and to include them in our list. We hope you enjoy discovering more about this wonderful country via these links!

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Books

The Oxford History of Britain – Kenneth O. Morgan
ISBN: 978-0199579259, Oxford University Press
A concise journey through the ages, starting with Roman times and taking the reader right up to present-day Britain.

Knickers in a Twist: A Dictionary of British Slang – Jonathan Bernstein
ISBN: 978-1841958347, Canongate Books
An amusing but also informative look at the sometimes bewildering informal language of Brits.

Notes From a Small Island – Bill Bryson
ISBN: 978-0552996006, Black Swan
Bill Bryson is now well-known for his humerous approach to travel writing. This book is no exception, taking us on Bryson's farewell tour of Britain before he returns to his native America. His wry observations and witty remarks about everyday life in Britain make this amusing book a must-read.

The Exchange Student Survival Kit – Bettina Hansel
ISBN: 1931930317, Nicholas Brealey Publishing
This book answers all questions that future exchange students might have.

The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole – Sue Townsend
ISBN: 0141315970, Penguin Books
In between the ups and downs of his relationship with the divine Pandora and worrying that his genius is going unrecognized, Adrian Mole chronicles the pains and pleasures of a misspent adolescence. (Source: penguin.co.uk)

Fever Pitch – Nick Hornby
ISBN 978-0140293449, Penguin
An autobiography about the author's love of football, this book gives a humourous yet touching insight into the cultural phenomenon of 'the beautiful game' as it is and has been experienced in England.

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Movies

Bend it like Beckham
Director: Gurinder Chadha
Starring: Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers
Jesminder Bhamra (Parminder Nagra), Jess for short, an English girl of Indian heritage, dreams of nothing more than playing football. Her mother, on the other hand, has other plans for her daughter, and wants to see her back in the kitchen. With the help of her friend Jules (Keira Knightley), can Jess rebel against the life her parents want for her?

Billy Elliot
Director: Stephen Daldry
Starring: Jamie Bell, Julie Walters
A talented young boy becomes torn between his unexpected love of dance and the disintegration of his family.  (Source: imdb.com)

Brassed Off
Director: Mark Herman
Starring: Pete Postlethwaite, Ewan McGregor
1990s England. When the closure of the local coal mine seems like a certainty, the members of the colliery band see no sense in continuing to play. But with the determination of a new arrival, Gloria, and band leader Danny, perhaps things can be turned around..

Wondrous Oblivion
Director: Paul Morrison
Starring: Delroy Cindo, Emily Woof
A really charming film about 11-year-old David, who's crazy about cricket, but unfortunately also completely talentless...

Pride and Prejudice
Director: Joe Wright
Starring: Keira Knightley, Matthew MacFadyen, Claudie Blakely
England, late 18th century. The large Bennet family is living on the poverty line. However they are not so keen to see the stubborn, intelligent and quick-witted Elizabeth Bennet enter into a potentially lucrative marriage.

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Web

http://uk.embassyhomepage.com/
Valuable information about the country and helpful tips about living in Great Britain can be found on the website of the Britiish Embassy.

http://www.britishcouncil.org
Get to know the country, the Brits, their language and their culture better on the pages of the British Council.

http://www.visitbritain.com
The website of the British tourist board. Information on attractions and events.

http://www.foreignersinuk.co.uk/
Packed with information, news and an immigration forum, this is a highly informative site.

http://www.expat-blog.com/en/destination/europe/england/
A collection of blogs, discussion boards and useful tips on living in England as a foreigner.

www.telegraph.co.uk/
The Daily Telegraph the top-selling broadsheet (quality) newspaper in Great Britain. Its website gives the reader a good overview of the up-to-date news and current affairs.

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