United Kingdom

United Kingdom

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain,is a sovereign country in north-western Europe, off the north-­western coast of the European mainland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north-­eastern part of the island of Ireland, and many smaller islands within the British Isles. Northern Ireland shares a land border with the Republic of Ireland. Otherwise, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east, the English Channel to the south and the Celtic Sea to the south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world. The Irish Sea separates Great Britain and Ireland. The total area of the United Kingdom is 93,628 square miles (242,500 km2), with an estimated population in 2020 of 67 million.

The United Kingdom is a unitary parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy. The monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, has reigned since 1952. The capital and largest city is London, a global city and financial centre with a metropolitan area population of 14 million.The United Kingdom consists of four countries: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Other than England, the constituent countries have their own devolved governments, each with varying powers.

The United Kingdom has evolved from a series of annexations, unions and separations of constituent countries over several hundred years. The Treaty of Union between the Kingdom of England (which included Wales, annexed in 1542) and the Kingdom of Scotland in 1707 formed the Kingdom of Great Britain. Its union in 1801 with the Kingdom of Ireland created the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Most of Ireland seceded from the UK in 1922, leaving the present United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, which formally adopted that name in 1927.

The nearby Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey are not part of the UK, being Crown Dependencies with the British Government responsible for defence and international representation. There are also 14 British Overseas Territories, the last remnants of the British Empire which, at its height in the 1920s, encompassed almost a quarter of the world's landmass and a third of the world's population, and was the largest empire in history. British influence can be observed in the language, culture and the legal and political systems of many of its former colonies. (Wikipedia)



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Exhibitors from 54 countries to attend ICE 2011

The organiser of the annual International Casino Exhibition (ICE), Clarion Gaming, has announced that next month’s event will feature exhibitors from 54 nations, which is more than double the 26 seen at November's Global Gaming Expo (G2E).

ICE 2011 will take place from January 25 to 27 at London’s Earls Court Exhibition Centre with Clarion describing it as ‘the most comprehensive and international business-to-business gaming event on the world stage’.
Clarion declared that ICE 2011 would see more than 400 companies active in the online, mobile, betting, bingo, casino, lottery and street gaming sectors occupy in excess of 20,000 square metres of stand space to deliver ‘the most comprehensive insight to the latest gaming innovations from every corner of the world’.

“This goes beyond just exhibition statistics,” said Kate Chambers, Show Director for ICE 2011.

“In real business terms, it means that whatever's taking place in the entire world of gaming will be demonstrated by exhibitors at ICE. This is, of course, great news for our many thousands of visitors who themselves travel from in excess of 100 countries to be in London.

“The very clear message is ‘come to ICE 2011 and see the world of gaming’, which combined with the breadth of gaming sectors on show represents an intoxicating business proposition and one not to be missed.”