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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 $17,098,287,116 $8,258,263,826
Product trade (2016)
21 HS Sections
Canada - United Kingdom
Section Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $115,920,184 $45,415,364
02 Veg. Prod. $226,013,939 $40,457,734
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $1,808,298 $2,932,877
04 Food Prod. $149,888,012 $455,769,505
05 Mineral Prod. $748,495,214 $624,668,904
06 Chemical Prod. $350,979,364 $1,058,300,565
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $49,334,417 $224,519,139
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $5,186,282 $5,399,400
09 Wood Prod. $382,176,428 $1,937,699
10 Paper Prod. $162,748,836 $122,484,544
11 Textiles Prod. $35,088,689 $67,371,797
12 Dress Access. $5,976,602 $6,128,582
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $13,707,214 $41,749,207
14 Precious Metals/stones $11,673,593,109 $458,278,555
15 Base Metal Prod. $898,743,489 $288,921,954
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $942,673,720 $1,739,316,723
17 Vehicles and Equip. $745,742,558 $2,390,046,943
18 Specialized Inst. $293,256,313 $378,716,994
19 Arms & Ammunition $8,290,582 $7,772,731
20 Misc. Articles $57,279,091 $68,929,472
21 Antiques $89,667,929 $23,905,124

Capital: London
Population (million): 65.57
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 Party (next election in May, 2022).

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), Green. House of Commons: Cons (317), Lab (261), SNP (35), LibDem (12), DUP (10), SF (7), PC (4), Green (1), Independents (1).

Elections:
Monarchy is hereditary. House of Commons (5 year term). Last in June 2017.


Economic Information (2016)

Comparative figures
Type United Kingdom Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 3,484.31 2,026.59
GDP per capita: ($) 53,136.75 55,938.56
GDP growth rate: (%) 1.81 1.43
Inflation: (%) 0.64 1.41
Unemployment: (%) 4.9 7

Product Trade and investment (2016)

Canadian exports to country: $17,098,287,116
Canadian imports from country: $8,258,263,826
FDI in Canada: $41,795 million
CDI in United Kingdom: $97,928 million


Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
High Commissioner Howard Drake

Canadian Representation Abroad:
High Commissioner Janice Charette


June 2017
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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Date Modified:
2012-02-27