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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
2010 $16,367,400,308 $10,714,426,833
2011 $18,791,771,032 $10,329,702,764
2012 $18,759,280,333 $8,540,723,619
2013 $13,962,925,896 $8,426,599,602
2014 $15,224,084,902 $9,172,817,929
Product trade (2014)
21 HS Sections
Canada - United Kingdom
Section Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $87,736,153 $27,970,751
02 Veg. Prod. $216,346,954 $47,370,444
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $3,873,140 $3,935,102
04 Food Prod. $157,637,262 $421,900,791
05 Mineral Prod. $1,033,688,519 $969,926,717
06 Chemical Prod. $602,785,434 $1,248,135,541
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $80,849,178 $188,074,264
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $5,032,362 $4,938,218
09 Wood Prod. $254,055,566 $1,875,147
10 Paper Prod. $125,332,762 $145,176,770
11 Textiles Prod. $33,513,001 $70,484,312
12 Dress Access. $5,644,792 $4,644,791
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $10,262,743 $47,081,730
14 Precious Metals/stones $9,359,541,165 $1,346,221,617
15 Base Metal Prod. $1,037,740,685 $388,824,546
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $969,380,935 $1,779,453,196
17 Vehicles and Equip. $668,205,109 $1,779,240,020
18 Specialized Inst. $319,492,764 $370,939,696
19 Arms & Ammunition $22,925,790 $7,939,807
20 Misc. Articles $74,278,399 $65,867,596
21 Antiques $23,535,720 $47,650,666

Capital: London
Population (million): 64.511
Total Area: 244,820km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 0.55 Pound (GBP)(2014)
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 Secretary: Philip Hammond (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 (305), Lab (257), LibDem (56), DUP (8), SNP (6), SF (5), PC (3), SDLP (3), Green (1), Alliance (1), Independents (3), other (2)

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


Economic Information (2014)

Comparative figures
Type United Kingdom Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 3252.81 1975.58
GDP per capita: ($) 50422.66 55662.75
GDP growth rate: (%) 2.55 2.53
Inflation: (%) 1.46 1.9
Unemployment: (%) 6.2 6.92

Trade and Investment (2014)

Canadian exports to country: $15,224,084,902
Canadian imports from country: $9,172,817,929
FDI in Canada: $48267 million
CDI in United Kingdom: $68773 million


Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
High Commissioner Howard Drake

Canadian Representation Abroad:
High Commissioner Gordon Campbell


May 2015
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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2012-02-27