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United Kingdom

Official Title:
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


General Information

Please note that all statistics reflect Canadian dollars, with some figures reflecting the yearly averages for the year. If listed as ’0’ or absent, the statistic is unavailable.
5-year trade
Canada - United Kingdom
Year Exports Imports
2009 $12,051,864,891 $9,391,898,521
2010 $16,367,400,308 $10,714,426,833
2011 $18,791,771,031 $10,329,008,852
2012 $18,759,184,587 $8,539,912,590
2013 $14,028,857,008 $8,426,028,077
Product trade (2013)
21 HS Chapters
Canada - United Kingdom
Chapter Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $73,423,668 $19,829,853
02 Veg. Prod. $239,358,495 $78,466,035
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $1,966,608 $3,145,004
04 Food Prod. $125,848,342 $384,609,370
05 Mineral Prod. $929,389,921 $1,752,758,540
06 Chemical Prod. $1,228,012,893 $1,205,528,097
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $72,328,683 $166,322,812
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $5,208,619 $4,924,938
09 Wood Prod. $228,858,590 $1,663,170
10 Paper Prod. $75,946,873 $150,726,563
11 Textiles Prod. $32,635,501 $78,258,277
12 Dress Access. $5,139,944 $4,361,045
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $10,264,663 $41,878,016
14 Precious Metals/stones $8,610,101,979 $475,807,857
15 Base Metal Prod. $811,842,555 $248,777,900
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $762,262,664 $1,653,816,617
17 Vehicles and Equip. $351,082,930 $1,577,296,364
18 Specialized Inst. $226,118,957 $367,954,166
19 Arms & Ammunition $24,422,422 $6,790,136
20 Misc. Articles $82,959,376 $52,211,228
21 Antiques $27,977,688 $18,505,276

Capital: London
Population (million): 64.087
Total Area: 244,820km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 0.62 Pound (GBP)(2013)
National Holiday: June 12, Anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen
Language(s): English, Welsh, Scots Gaelic


Political Information

Type of State:
Constitutional monarchy

Type of Government:
Parliamentary democracy. Bicameral parliament with a 659-seat House of Commons and a House of Lords (higher house). Prime Minister (leader of the largest party or coalition in parliament). Cabinet of Ministers appointed by the Prime Minister. Administrative divisions: 47 boroughs, 36 counties, 29 London boroughs, 12 cities and boroughs, 10 districts, 12 cities, 3 royal boroughs. Governing party: Conservative/Liberal Democrat Coalition (since May 2010).

Head of State:
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (Accession 1952)

Head of Government:
Prime Minister David Cameron (Cons)

Ministers:
Deputy Prime Minister : Nick Clegg (LibDem)
Foreign Affairs: William Hague (Cons)
Chancellor of the Exchequer: George Osborne (Cons)

Main Political Parties:
Labour Party (Lab), Conservative Party (Cons), Liberal Democrats (LibDem), Party of Wales (Plaid Cymru) (PC), Scottish National Party (SNP), Democratic Unionist Party (Northern Ireland) (DUP), Sinn Fein (Northern Ireland), Social Democratic and Labour Party (Northern Ireland) (SDLP), Green, Alliance. House of Commons: Cons (306), Lab (258), LibDem (57), DUP (8), SNP (6), SF (5), PC (3), SDLP(3), Green (1), Alliance (1), other (2)

Elections:
Monarchy is hereditary. House of Commons: 5 year term; last election was held in May 2010.


Economic Information (2013)

Comparative figures
Type United Kingdom Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 2610.34 1878.77
GDP per capita: ($) 40731.1 53518.54
GDP growth rate: (%) 1.76 2.01
Inflation: (%) 2.56 0.96
Unemployment: (%) 7.6 7.08

Trade and Investment (2013)

Canadian exports to country: $14,028,857,008
Canadian imports from country: $8,426,028,077
FDI in Canada: $54558 million (2012)
CDI in United Kingdom: $86813 million (2012)


Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
High Commissioner Howard Drake

Canadian Representation Abroad:
High Commissioner Gordon Campbell


April 2014
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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2012-02-27