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England is located in the north-west of Europe and in the southern part of Great Britain. It is an island and is a part of the United Kingdom. England does not make up the entire U.K., but 84 percent of the people who live in the U.K. live in England.

A lot of people assume that England is a big place, but it is actually 74 times smaller than the U.S. is. It’s 59 times smaller than Australia, but it is 2.5 times more populated than Australia, which puts some things in perspective. It’s about 1.5 times more populated than California. Still, there are more chickens than there are people in England.

The temperature in England is generally on the moderate to lower side, and the highest temperature that was ever recorded there was only 101.3, which occurred in 2003. That’s hot, but also an average summer temperature for some other countries.

If you think that people in England drink a lot of tea you would be correct. England consumes more tea per capita than anywhere else in the world, about 165 million cups each day. They even drink 2.5 times more tea than the Japanese do. The country also has the highest per capita consumption of cider, and half of that cider is produced in the single town of Herefordshire.

The British also eat 5 million sausages each day, and they eat twice as many baked beans as any other European citizen.  Eleven and a half billion sandwiches are eaten each year.

What are called public school elsewhere are actually called state schools in England. Their version of public school is what the U.S. would consider a private school, and they are very expensive.

Most police officers in England do not carry guns on their person unless they are responding to an emergency, which is very different than the practices in the U.S.

England still has some outdated laws in place that are good for a laugh. For one thing, it’s illegal to hail a cab if you have the plague, and it is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament. For another, it’s illegal to eat mince pies on Christmas day. It is considered an act of treason to place a stamp with the queen’s head on it upside down on an envelope, and it still legal to kill a Scotsman in York if he is carrying a bow within the city walls.

No location in the U.K. is more than 70 miles from the ocean. England actually includes many small islands such as the Isle of Wight and Hayling Island. England is actually quite close to France, and the two are connected by a tunnel that goes under the English Channel. The shortest distance between the two is 21 miles.

London is the most populated city in the country (as well as the capital), and in the past the city has been called Londonium, Ludenwic, and Ludenburg.


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