Comparing United States to United Kingdom

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MAKE 29.4% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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United Kingdom  UNITED KINGDOM ($37,300.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in United Kingdom, that number is $37,300.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. United Kingdom GDP

CONSUME 58.4% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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United Kingdom  UNITED KINGDOM (5,072 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In United Kingdom, it is 5,072 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. United Kingdom electricity consumption

BE 66.7% LESS LIKELY TO BE LIVING WITH AIDS


United States  UNITED STATES (0.6% of people)
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United Kingdom  UNITED KINGDOM (0.2% of people)
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In United States, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In United Kingdom, that number is 0.2%.
Category: United States vs. United Kingdom AIDS percentage

BE 28% LESS LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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United Kingdom  UNITED KINGDOM (4.44 per 1000 infants)
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In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In United Kingdom, on the other hand, there are a total of 4.44 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. United Kingdom infant mortality

HAVE 8.9% FEWER BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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United Kingdom  UNITED KINGDOM (12.22 babies per 1000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In United Kingdom, however, there are a total of 12.22 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. United Kingdom birth rate

BE 7.3% MORE LIKELY TO BE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE


United States  UNITED STATES (15.1% of people)
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United Kingdom  UNITED KINGDOM (16.2% of people)
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In United States, 15.1% of people are below the poverty line. In United Kingdom, 16.2% are.
Category: United States vs. United Kingdom poverty

SEE A 37.6% DECREASE IN COASTLINE


United States  UNITED STATES (19,924km of coastline)
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United Kingdom  UNITED KINGDOM (12,429km of coastline)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline, while United Kingdom has a total of 12,429 km.
Category: United States vs. United Kingdom coastline

At a Glance: United Kingdom

  • Land Area: ~244 thousand sq km (United States is ~40 times bigger than United Kingdom)
  • Population: ~64 million people (255 million more people live in United States)

How big is United Kingdom compared to United States? See an in-depth size comparison.

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of United Kingdom (243,610 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).

Etiquette in United Kingdom

Tipping:
  • Generally, tipping is not necessary in the UK
  • If service was exceptional, tip if you can afford it
  • Tipping in the pub is unnecessary
Do's & Don'ts:
  • DO NOT make the "V" sign on your hand
  • DO keep to your own personal space
  • DO order both food and drink at the bar
  • DO say "please", "sorry", and "thank you" often
Table Manners:
  • Do not slurp when eating soup
  • Smash up your peas using your fork
  • Do not place elbows on the table while eating
Greetings:
  • Shake hands when greeting someone
  • Make eye contact when meeting somebody new
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A brief history of United Kingdom

United Kingdom (sometimes abbreviated UK) is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 243,610 sq km. The United Kingdom has historically played a leading role in developing parliamentary democracy and in advancing literature and science. At its zenith in the 19th century, the British Empire stretched over one-fourth of the earth's surface. The first half of the 20th century saw the UK's strength seriously depleted in two world wars and the Irish Republic's withdrawal from the union. The second half witnessed the dismantling of the Empire and the UK rebuilding itself into a modern and prosperous European nation. As one of five permanent members of the UN Security Council and a founding member of NATO and the Commonwealth, the UK pursues a global approach to foreign policy. The UK is also an active member of the EU, although it chose to remain outside the Economic and Monetary Union. The Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales, and the Northern Ireland Assembly were established in 1999. The latter was suspended until May 2007 due to wrangling over the peace process, but devolution was fully completed in March 2010.

The data on this page is calculated using data sourced from The World Factbook (2014 data).