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London alone offers an array of activities for tourists and residents alike. Double-decker city bus tours, Thames River cruise, the London Eye, Tower of London, the Crown Jewels, St. Paul's Cathedral, Buckingham Palace Park, Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament and depending on the time of year - the changing of the guard. Within the United Kingdom there are literally hundreds of castles available for viewing, some have even been restored and converted into luxury hotels. Some of the more famous castles are Arundel, Blarney, Bodium, Dover, Edinburgh, Leeds, Rochester, Warwick and of course Windsor. Other highlights within the UK include the Salisbury Cathedral, Loch Ness (Monster), Stonehenge, the Georgian Baths, Oxford and Cambridge Campuses, London Zoo, Albert Hall and White Cliffs of Dover.
The UK has a damp oceanic climate. Depending on the location, temperatures may range from -10°C in the winter to 30°C in the summer with annual rainfall easily exceeding 2 meters. Winter seasons are very long and known to be gray and dreary lasting from November through the end of March, sometimes into April. It is not uncommon to see as little as 24 to 30 hours of total sunshine during the course of a winter month. Generally, weather in the UK is cooler with higher levels of precipitation to the North and West with a slightly warmer, dryer climate to the South and East. The summer months of July and August are considered the most desirable time of year with long sunny days, mild afternoon showers and temperatures of 16° to 17°C.
Cultural influences of the United Kingdom extend well past England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland into Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Pakistan, the United States and all 14 nations comprising the Overseas Territories. The industrial revolution is attributed to the UK inciting changes in agriculture, manufacturing and transportation. UK art, architecture, literature, poetry, music, theatre, television and cinema have all impacted the global consciousness. The United Kingdom is abound with museums, galleries and libraries. People from around the world travel to the UK to study science, mathematics, technology, religion, philosophy, politics, cuisine, sports medicine, fashion and business management.
London is considered to be one of the largest financial centers in the world and has lead the British economy to become one of the most globalized on the planet. After Germany and France, the UK has the 3rd largest economy in Europe and 6th largest in the world. Banking, insurance and business services account for the largest portion of the nation's Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Agriculture commodities include cereals, oilseed, potatoes, vegetables, cattle, sheep, poultry and fish. Industrial commodities include machine tools, shipbuilding, aircraft, motor vehicles and parts, electronics and communications equipment, metals, chemicals, coal, petroleum, paper products, food processing and clothing as well as electric power, automation and railroad equipment. Taxation in the United Kingdom is very high in the form income tax, national insurance, Value Added Tax (VAT), corporate tax and fuel duty. According to Her Majesties (HM) Treasury, tax as a percentage of GDP reached 46% as of 2005-2006. Asset Protection Services International offers Limited Liability Partnership incorporation services in the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom.
The United Kingdom (UK) is located between the North Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea and comprises Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales) and Northern Ireland. England accounts for more than half of the overall landmass and is separated from France by only 35 kilometers of water in the English Channel. The UK has a fault-line running through the center of it separating the highlands to the North and West from the lowlands to the South and East. The terrain is primarily composed of ancient volcanic rocks, limestone, sandstone and shale. The highest point is Ben Nevis in Scotland towering at 1,344 meters above sea level with the lowest point being in the Fens of East Anglia in England reaching a depth of 4 meters below sea level. The River Severn is the longest river stretching 354 kilometers through England and Wales. The coastline of the UK spans 12,429 kilometers.
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The Kingdom of England (included Wales) and the Kingdom of Scotland were formerly separate states. On May 1, 1707 the United Kingdom of Great Britain was formed in accordance with the Treaty of Union joining the Kingdoms by sharing a single constitutional monarch and parliament. The Act of Union in 1800 added the Kingdom of Ireland to create the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. After nearly a century of struggle for global control the "British Empire" had at the height of its power dominion over nearly a half a billion people totaling one quarter of the world's population. In 1922 Ireland seceded under the Anglo-Irish Treaty and became a free state for one day. Northern Ireland immediately seceded from the Irish free state the next day and rejoined the United Kingdom. In 1927 the formal UK title became "The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland". After World War II most of the countries formerly under the control of the United Kingdom joined the Commonwealth of Nations, an intergovernmental organization of 54 individual member states. 14 countries chose to retain the British monarch as their head of state and became independent sovereign states. Since 2002 those 14 nations have been known as British Overseas Territories. The United Kingdom is currently a leading member of the United Nations, the European Union and NATO.
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