Essay about United Kingdom

4215 Words Mar 14th, 2002 17 Pages
ondon is the capital of the United Kingdom. It ranks as one of the world?s most historic cities, tracing its roots back nearly 2000 years. London has long been a great world port and trading center. The port of London consists of two huge docks and 43 miles of wharves along the Thames River. London also has a remarkable transportation system. Expressways, and underground and surface railways carry more than one million commuters between the outlying areas and central London each workday. More than 350,000 commuters travel by subway, about 400,000 take surface trains and more than 100,000 go by bus. About 100,000 people drive their cars to work. The London subway system (the ?tube?), is the largest subway system in the world. It includes …show more content…
The relations between these two countries were strengthened by the UK?s alliance with the United States during both World Wars, the Korean conflict and the Persian Gulf War. The United Kingdom and the United States regularly consult on foreign policy issues and global problems. The United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, therefore its location is ideal for ship transportation. Shipping is an inexpensive and fairly efficient method of transportation; however, the United Kingdom also has a large number of airports and railways (see transportation). The United Kingdom is also located close to France and Belgium, which are two of its main trading partners, resulting in inexpensive transportation of goods.

he UK has an exceptionally well organized system of government. The United Kingdom is a constitutional monarchy. Queen Elizabeth II is the head of state; however, a cabinet of senior politicians, known as ministers governs the country. The prime minister (Tony Blair, elected May 2,1997) is the head of the government. Parliament is the chief lawmaking body. It consists of the monarch, the House of Lords and the House of Commons. he United Kingdom is said to have an unwritten constitution as it is not all jotted down on one document. Some of it?s written parts are laws passed by Parliament, others come from historic documents (Magna Carta), and common law. The unwritten part contains ideas and practices that British society has developed
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