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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
2011 $18,791,771,032 $10,329,702,764
2012 $18,759,280,333 $8,540,723,619
2013 $13,960,103,732 $8,427,807,172
2014 $15,222,137,993 $9,207,389,677
2015 $15,951,654,303 $9,187,309,924
Product trade (2015)
21 HS Sections
Canada - United Kingdom
Section Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $119,127,316 $29,040,488
02 Veg. Prod. $270,955,398 $46,940,398
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $3,213,304 $4,289,994
04 Food Prod. $180,612,358 $467,592,807
05 Mineral Prod. $618,678,181 $418,543,618
06 Chemical Prod. $614,358,822 $1,136,458,294
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $54,793,803 $201,887,264
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $4,783,435 $5,131,973
09 Wood Prod. $293,586,956 $1,584,755
10 Paper Prod. $156,223,791 $134,135,802
11 Textiles Prod. $37,211,589 $77,452,530
12 Dress Access. $5,566,066 $5,681,487
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $11,120,373 $40,682,676
14 Precious Metals/stones $9,875,621,837 $1,663,311,554
15 Base Metal Prod. $1,387,531,576 $322,848,382
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $1,024,377,989 $1,904,843,828
17 Vehicles and Equip. $655,636,290 $1,991,051,147
18 Specialized Inst. $389,340,215 $397,485,956
19 Arms & Ammunition $14,512,639 $5,088,770
20 Misc. Articles $63,200,919 $67,962,728
21 Antiques $21,607,849 $27,406,071

Capital: London
Population (million): 65.097
Total Area: 244,820km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 0.51 Pound (GBP)(2015 - 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 election was held in May 2015.


Economic Information (2015)

Comparative figures
Type United Kingdom Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 3643.49 1985.05
GDP per capita: ($) 55970.05 55409.05
GDP growth rate: (%) 2.25 1.18
Inflation: (%) 0.05 1.1
Unemployment: (%) 5.38 6.89

Product Trade and investment (2015)

Canadian exports to country: $15,951,654,303
Canadian imports from country: $9,187,309,924
FDI in Canada: $34266 million
CDI in United Kingdom: $92935 million


Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
High Commissioner Howard Drake

Canadian Representation Abroad:
High Commissioner Gordon Campbell


August 2016
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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2012-02-27