UK - United Kingdum Fun & Facts

UK Facts: Here you find out the latest, amazing and interesting fun and facts like; Geography, Maps, Flag, History, Current ruler, Area, Population, Capital, Largest cities, Languages, Race, Religion, Literacy rate and Economy of it.

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  • The Queen of the UK is the legal owner of one-sixth of the Earth's land surface.
  • In the UK, if you reach your 100th birthday, you get a personalized card from the Queen.
  • The UK spent US$15.8 billion in a health service computer system that failed and was shut down in 2013.
  • A Beer Wave of 388,000 Gallons (or 1.4m L) flooded London in 1814 after a huge vat ruptured.
  • In the U.K., it is legal for kids over 5 years old to drink alcohol at home or on other private premises.
  • UK's Internet Porn Filter Architect was Arrested On Child Porn Offences in 2014.
  • In the UK, accents change noticeably about every 25 miles (40km).
  • In the UK, all horses, ponies and donkeys must have a horse passport.
  • In London, it is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament.
  • Slavery was not made a statutory offense in the UK until April 6, 2010.
  • Nearly 6,000 people per year get hurt or die in the UK after tripping over their trousers or falling down stairs while pulling them up.
  • The UK is smaller than the U.S. state of Oregon.
  • The death penalty was outlawed in the UK partly because a man was wrongfully executed for the murder of his wife and daughter in 1950.
  • Nigeria has more English speakers than the United Kingdom.
  • In the 16th century, a London law forbade wife beating after 9:00 P.M., but only because the noise disturbed people's sleep.
  • KitKats' year production could stretch around the London Underground more than 350 times.
  • The Queen Mary of Scotland became queen when she was only six days old.
  • Since all British passports are issued in the Queen Elizabeth II's name, she herself doesn't have one.
  • Concentration camps were first used by the British during the Second Anglo-Boer War.
  • U.S. eggs are illegal in Britain because they are washed. British eggs are illegal in the U.S. because they are not.
  • The average car in
  • Britain is parked for 96% of the time.
  • There's a 'Rent a Mourner' service in the UK to fill your funeral with fake friends.
  • Centenarians are the fastest-growing demographic in the UK.
  • Passports issued by the UK, Sweden and Finland offer visa-free travel to more countries than any other passports.
  • In 1999, it was reported in the UK that over 3,000 people were hospitalized after tripping over a laundry basket.
  • The average age in the UK for a first kiss is 15.
  • The UK is the first country in the world to allow the creation of babies from the DNA of three people.
  • Kate Middleton is credited with boosting the UK economy by 1 billion in 2012.
  • On Sept. 9, 2015, Queen Elizabeth II will become the longest-reigning UK monarch ever, surpassing Queen Victoria.
  • The world's shortest scheduled airline flight lasts 2 minutes. It connects two islands in the UK.
  • 92% of public baby changing tables tested in the UK carried traces of cocaine.
  • The average woman in the UK has 150 different hairstyles in her lifetime.
  • Alcohol is prohibited in the UK Parliament with one exception: the chancellor can drink while delivering the annual budget statement.
  • The oldest house in the UK is nearly 6000 years old and has stone furniture that is still intact.
  • Edward VIII, King of the UK in 1936, was a Nazi sympathiser and later argued that bombing England could bring peace by ending WWII.
  • The UK and Portugal hold the longest standing alliance in the world that is still in force. It was ratified in 1386.
  • You can use Skype to call toll free numbers at no charge in the U.S., UK, Taiwan and France.
  • There is a limit of 12 minutes of commercials, per hour of television, in the UK.
  • The British Navy uses Britney Spears' songs to scare off Somali pirates.
  • Life expectancy in the UK was around 47 in 1900; it is now 80.
  • The "keep calm and carry on" slogan was originally dreamt up as a way of preserving morale in the event of a Nazi invasion of Britain.
  • In the UK, nearly 1 in 10 couples are ethnically mixed.
  • In the UK, the most common cause of death for men under 50 is suicide.
  • Margaret Thatcher was reportedly more proud of becoming the first Prime Minister with a science degree than the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
  • British Pennies are used to adjust the time in London's Big Ben clock tower.
  • The UK is the only country not required to name itself on its postage stamps.
  • The British Empire at its height was larger than Africa and was even comparable in size to the Moon.
  • In the UK, it is illegal to ride a hoverboard scooter in public.
  • The terms "UK" and "Great Britain" are not interchangeable: the United Kingdom includes Northern Ireland, while Great Britain does not.
  • Of all the countries that celebrate an independence day, 58 are independent of the UK, 26 of France, 21 of Russia and 21 of Spain.
  • 51% of Britons have never had a one-night stand.
  • The King of Norway is 73rd in line to the British throne.
  • In the UK, you can never be more than 70 miles away from the sea.
  • Prince Charles has been first in line as heir to the UK's throne for more than 64 years.
  • 1 in 3 women in the UK have an abortion in their lifetime.