|Total area (square kilometres)||244,820|
|National currency||Pounds and pence|
|GNP per capita||20,870|
|Proportion of population living on less than US$1 a day||Figures not available|
The UK ranks 5th in the world as a tourist destination, and tourism is among the country's most important industries and a growing source of employment.
The economy of the UK is still based largely on manufacturing, despite the increase in service and energy industries. There has been a sharp drop in heavy industries such as steel, engineering and coal mining, while areas such as financial services, communications and tourism have expanded.