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Key facts about the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom is located off the coast of Western Europe. It consists of the island of Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) and Northern Ireland.

The UK is currently a member of the EU having joined the EC in 1973 but is scheduled to leave as a result of “Brexit”.

It has a population of approximately 67 million people. The capital city is London which has a population of approximately 8.9 million inhabitants.

The UK is not a part of the Schengen Zone.

The currency is the Pound Sterling (GBP)

The international dialling code can be found here

The top exports of the UK are manufactured goods, fuels, chemicals, food beverages and tobacco

The Top Imports of the UK are Machinery including Computers, Vehicles, Electrical machinery, Mineral fuels including oil, Precious metals and Pharmaceuticals.

Useful Links


Embassy information for the UK

World Bank

A detailed breakdown by the World Bank for doing business in the UK. The report includes Economy Profile, Starting a Business, Construction Permits, Getting Credit, Protecting Minor Investors, Paying Taxes, Trading Across Borders, Labour Market Regulations and more.

Sea Ports

Details of sea ports from


Details of UK airports

Tax & VAT

Tax & VAT details

Enterprise Ireland in the UK
SME United

Details of local SME organisations

Map of UK