There have been a number of influential English authors but perhaps the most well known is William Shakespeare, who wrote classics such as Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and Hamlet.
England is the most populous and significant country of the United Kingdom with over 51 million residents. It includes over 100 smaller islands, such as the Isle of Wight, in addition to its mainland. It is bordered by Scotland, Wales, the Celtic Sea, the North Sea and the English Channel. England is in north-west Europe and is in the southern part of Great Britain. It is an island country and also part of the United Kingdom (UK) .England is the largest country in Great Britain and the UK. It is sometimes, wrongly, used in reference to the whole United Kingdom, the entire island of Great Britain, or indeed the British Isles The country of England is one of the world’s most famous, and wealthiest.
There are many facts about England that you may not know. For example, the country is 74 times smaller than the United States! The people of England consume more tea per capita than in any other country in the world, which can be explained by their well known breaks, called “tea times.” The city of London has a population of approximately 12 million people, making it the largest city in all of Europe. Most police officers in England do not carry guns with them unless it is an extreme emergency. The oldest zoo in the world opened in England, in the city of London in 1828. In Medieval England, beer (or ale) was a common breakfast beverage. Shoelaces were invented in England in 1790. England is home to the famous rock and roll band the Beatles, as well as the Rolling Stones and many other rock bands. London is the capital city of England. This city is an ever-bustling metropolis that has successfully combined modern amenities with quaint historical charm.
The old buildings and awesome tourist attractions lend it an old-fashioned air, despite the thousands of locals rushing to and fro as they carry on their everyday routine. Scotland borders England to the north and Wales forms much of the western border. This makes England ideally situated to be the base from which visitors explore the remainder of the United Kingdom. There are many rivers and lakes in this fertile land. The tidal rivers (Thames, Mersey and Tyne) are the most significant in terms of their continued functionality and the ports on their banks. The Lake District is where most of the English lakes are situated. One of the largest art festivals is held in Birmingham and is called Artsfest. The artistic talents being showcased range from classical music and song to traditional dancing and stand-up comedy. This festival is usually held in September. Theater is another very important part of the English culture and is, in fact, one of the reasons people visit the country. Theatrical shows, such as Cats, The Lion King and The Phantom of the Opera, are modern reflections of the ancient Shakespearean productions that once graced the English stages. Today, shows in London remain one of England’s primary tourist attractions.
Nearly 84% of the population of the UK lives in England, mainly in the major cities and metropolitan areas.
England includes many small islands such as the Isle of Wight and Hayling Island.
There is only a 34 kilometer (21 mile) gap between England and France and the countries are connected by the Channel Tunnel which opened in 1994.
England was the first industrialized nation after the industrial revolution that began around 1760.
Famous English scientists include Charles Darwin, Michael Faraday, Isaac Newton and Stephen Hawking among many others.
The longest river in the United Kingdom is the River Severn. Located in England and Wales, it stretches around 354 kilometers (220 miles) in length.
The longest river found entirely in England is the River Thames, it flows through London and is slightly shorter than the River Severn at around 346 kilometers (215 miles) in length.
The largest lake in England is named Windermere.
The highest mountain in England is Scafell Pike, which stands at around 978 metres (3,209 ft) in height.
England has a large economy and uses the pound sterling as its currency.
English computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee is credited with inventing the World Wide Web.