Many people outside the UK often confuse England and the United Kingdom and think they are the same thing. England is a country within the United Kingdom. England is the leading country and the seat of power, but it is not the United Kingdom. Hopefully, the facts below shed some light on this confusion.

Here are 18 Interesting Cool, Fun Facts About England

1. England is the biggest country in the United Kingdom. It has a population of around 56 million people.

2. London is the capital city of England and the largest city.

3. England uses the Pound Sterling as its currency.

4. England shares borders with Wales and Scotland.

5. The national anthem is: “God Save the King“.

6. England was the first country to be industrialized in the world.

7. Even though it is a country, England still needs a Parliament or Government.

8. The US States of Alabama and England are about the same size.

9. England and France are only separated by 34 kilometres. The Channel Tunnel connects them.

10. Most tourists are very focused on London, and rightfully so, but England also has other nice/big cities worth visiting:

  • Manchester
  • Liverpool
  • Birmingham
  • Leeds
  • Sheffield

11. Windermere is the largest lake in England.

12. While the River Thames is the longest.

13. The most popular sport in England, and the whole United Kingdom, is 

football (soccer in North America).

14. The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) is the most significant news/radio entity in England and the UK. It is publicly funded.

15. Mount Scafell Pike is the tallest mountain in England at 3,209 ft/978 feet.

16. The creator of Harry Potter, JK Rowling, was born in England.

17. After the Irish Free State seceded from the United Kingdom in 1922, the latter was renamed the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

18. Most modern central banks are based on the Bank of England, the central bank of the United Kingdom. It is the eighth-oldest bank in the world, founded in 1694 to serve as the banker for the English Government.

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