Guide to UK

The United Kingdom is a union of Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

By TTM on 11 October 2007 in Destination Guides

Full name: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Population: 60.2 million (National Statistics, 2005)
Capital: London
Area: 242,514 sq km (93,638 sq miles)
Major language: English
Major religion: Church of England, Catholic, Methodist, Muslim, Jewish, Sikh and Hindu.
Life expectancy: 76 years (men), 81 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 pound sterling = 100 pence
Main exports: Manufactured goods, chemicals, foodstuffs
GNI per capita: US $37,600 (World Bank, 2006)
Internet domain: .uk
International dialling code: +44
Time Zone: GMT/UTC 0 (Greenwich Mean Time (British Summer Time during daylight savings))
Electricity: 240V 50HzHz. Use a British-style plug with two flat blades and one flat grounding blade

Tipping: Tipping is expected in the UK especially at restaurants, taxis and at hotels.but there are no rules.  In restaurants tip as you please but usually at least 12.5% if this is not already included in the bill. For everyone else, tip as you wish or not but if you do leave at least £1. Bar staff don't usually expect a tip but feel free to do so.

Hairdressers expect around 10% and an extra £1 for anyone else involved such as the person who washed your hair. 

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