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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.
Bilateral Product trade
Canada - United Kingdom
Year Exports Imports
2012 $18,759,280,333 $8,540,723,619
2013 $13,960,103,732 $8,427,807,172
2014 $15,222,053,599 $9,206,786,705
2015 $15,951,925,133 $9,195,118,248
2016 $17,094,253,036 $8,215,655,629
Product trade (2016)
21 HS Sections
Canada - United Kingdom
Section Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $115,923,084 $45,414,580
02 Veg. Prod. $226,001,512 $40,457,364
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $1,808,298 $2,932,733
04 Food Prod. $149,872,331 $455,738,076
05 Mineral Prod. $743,570,896 $624,484,098
06 Chemical Prod. $350,936,920 $1,059,457,121
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $49,302,072 $224,494,037
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $5,182,592 $5,397,649
09 Wood Prod. $382,176,428 $1,936,727
10 Paper Prod. $162,748,517 $122,426,742
11 Textiles Prod. $35,068,179 $67,345,689
12 Dress Access. $5,975,977 $6,131,980
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $13,703,284 $41,739,422
14 Precious Metals/stones $11,673,593,109 $458,278,555
15 Base Metal Prod. $898,675,448 $288,764,957
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $942,518,417 $1,739,081,874
17 Vehicles and Equip. $745,721,644 $2,347,252,047
18 Specialized Inst. $293,124,138 $378,508,552
19 Arms & Ammunition $9,965,554 $7,759,937
20 Misc. Articles $57,099,317 $68,922,684
21 Antiques $89,652,729 $23,901,998

Capital: London
Population (million): 65.11
Total Area: 244,820km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 0.55887 Pound (GBP) (2016 - Annual average)
National Holiday:
Language(s): English, Welsh, Scots, Gaelic


Political Information

Type of State:
Constitutional monarchy

Type of Government:
Parliamentary democracy. Bicameral parliament with a 650-seat House of Commons and a House of Lords (upper 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 (since May 2015).

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

Head of Government:
Prime Minister Theresa May

Ministers:
Foreign Secretary: Boris Johnson (Cons)
Chancellor of the Exchequer: Philip Hammond (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), Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), U.K. Independence Party (UKIP), Green. House of Commons: Cons (330), Lab (232), SNP (56), LibDem (8), DUP (8), SF (4), PC (3), SDLP (3), Green (1), UUP (2), UKIP (1), Independents (1), other (1).

Elections:
Monarchy is hereditary. House of Commons (5 year term). Last in May 2015.


Economic Information (2015)

Comparative figures
Type United Kingdom Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 3,664.72 1,987.87
GDP per capita: ($) 56,285.07 55,487.60
GDP growth rate: (%) 2.24 1.08
Inflation: (%) 0.05 1.1
Unemployment: (%) 5.4 6.89

Product Trade and investment (2016)

Canadian exports to country: $17,094,253,036
Canadian imports from country: $8,215,655,629
FDI in Canada: $34,266 million (2015)
CDI in United Kingdom: $92,935 million (2015)


Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
High Commissioner Howard Drake

Canadian Representation Abroad:
High Commissioner Janice Charette


February 2017
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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2012-02-27