The United Kingdom (UK) is represented by four countries: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The UK has close to 60 million inhabitants. Over 13 million live in or around London. You will notice that although English is spoken throughout the country, accents can vary enormously and can take some getting used to!
The UK has a very diverse and multicultural society. London is recognised as being one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. Over 300 languages are spoken there, ensuring that you will meet people from all over the world – a fantastic experience.
People in the UK are generally more reserved than in other countries. This can take some getting used to but don’t be worried about asking questions and getting to know the locals who will want to give you help and advice.
The UK weather impacts on activities, which are undertaken. In the summer months (May – September) more time is spent outside in parks, at concerts and festivals and on the beach. By contrast, in the winter, when the weather is colder, the theatre and cinema are very popular. Shopping and sports are enjoyed all year round.
Christianity is the most common religion practiced in the UK. Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Judaism religions are also very widespread throughout the UK.
Colombians in the UK: There are more than 150.000 Colombians living in the UK with 75% of these residing in and around London. Elephant & Castle, Highbury & Islington, Seven Sisters and Brixton are popular with Colombians. In these areas you can find some restaurants and markets selling typical Colombian goods if you are missing home!
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