People and Culture
What to expect when you’re moving to UK.
United Kingdom is influenced across the globe and one of the world’s most recognizable countries.
The UK is made up four jurisdictions; England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
65 million people live in UK, with most homed in England, and London its capital is proudly multicultural and multi-faith city.
English speaking will be more than enough to see you through daily travels, it is the official language of the UK, but isn’t the only native language. Chances are you may also hear Welsh in Wales; Gaelic and Scots in Scotland, Irish Gaelic in Northern Ireland and Cornish in Cornwall.
When you think of the UK you might think of rain or hot weather.
The weather in the UK is unpredictable, but is rarely extreme. It can change multiple times in a single day however, so even if the weather forecast says it’s going to be dry and warm, you might still need to put a warm jacket and an umbrella.
Generally international student will experience the following weather conditions in each season:
- Summer (June to August)
- Autumn (September to November)
- Winter (December to February)
- Spring (March to May)
Politics and government
UK is a parliamentary democracy, Where the Government is elected by the people through a general election in every five years.
The Government is led by the Prime Minister, who is supported by the Cabinet (made up of the senior members of government) and Ministers.
Parliament is separate from the Government, and is made up of the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Parliament looks after what the Government is doing, debate issues and pass new laws, and set taxes.
Decisions about local services are made by local government councils to implement new policies or amendments.
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own administrations which are responsible for domestic policy issues, such as health, education and transport.
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