Are you looking for facts about England? Keep reading. Here’s a list of 25 interesting England facts + some more general facts about England such as total population, biggest cities, highest mountain, biggest lake etc.
To make this even more fun, I want to challenge you as well. How many of these England facts did you know beforehand?
Share your result in the comment section at the end of the article. And if you know some more fun facts about England, feel free to share them as well!
1. Queen Elizabeth II is distantly related to Vlad the Impaler (Dracula)
Quite an interest fact about her majesty. Vlad the Impaler is known to be the real inspiration for the famous vampire character known as Dracula. Her ancestry can be traced back to Vlad the Impaler, which means she’s distantly related to him.
2. Sparkling wine was invented in England
Most people think that the French invented Champagne, but the technique used by Dom Perignon already existed in England, thus making the English inventors of Sparkling wine. Cheers to that!
3. You can never be more than 115 km from the ocean
The furthest you can be away from the big blue ocean is 115 km no matter where you go.
4. There’s an annual cheese rolling competition
This is definitely one of the more interesting and unique facts about England. The first written evidence is a message from 1826, but it’s said that the cheese roll tradition is way older than that. Nowadays even international visitors can take part in this fascinating event.
5. Winchester was the first capital of England
Thought London was the first capital of England? Guess again, in 1519 Winchester was chosen as the capital, and already in 827, King Egbert was crowned here.
6. The English language is one of the most widely spoken languages
Did you know that about 1 billion people around the world speak English? It’s the most global language in the world.
7. Leeds is one of Europe’s rainiest cities
Yes, English people like to talk about the weather, just as we Swedes, and no wonder. Leeds is one of the rainiest cities in all of Europe with 1024 mm precipitation per year.
8. You can drive from England to France via an underwater tunnel
England might be an island, but it’s connected to the mainland Europe and France via an underwater tunnel. The distance between the two countries is 50.45 kilometers.
9. The world wide web was invented by an English scientist
It’s thanks to an English scientist named Tim Berners-Lee that we can use the internet like we do today. He invented the “WWW” also known as the World Wide Web.
10. England won the Fifa World Cup back in 1966
In general, English football is highly regarded around the world thanks to its Premier League and various top football teams. But the national team isn’t always meeting the high expectations from its supporters.
But they can still pride themselves with a World Cup title back in 1966 when they won against West Germany with 4-2.
10 x Fun facts about England
- There are more chickens than people in England
- It Is A Criminal Offense to Stick A Postage Stamp To An Envelope Upside Down
- French was the official language of England for about 300 years, from 1066 till 1362.
- It is illegal to die in the House of Commons
- English people consume more tea per capita than anybody else in the world
- York was the first English city to become settled permanently by the Danish Vikings (in 867) and the last to remain under Viking rule (until 954)
- England’s most popular dishes include Spotted Dick, Bangers and Mash, and Toad in the Hole.
- The highest temperature ever recorded in England was 38.5°C (101.3°F ) in Brogdale, Kent.
- Beer has been brewed here for hundreds of years
- David (male) and Susan (female) are the most common given names.
5 x England facts for kids
- The most popular sport in England is football.
- Robin Hood was a real person, although not 100% the same as the movies.
- Stephen Hawking, Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin were all English scientists
- Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh is based on a real person.
- Æthelstan is considered as the first real king of all England (year 927)
Is England a country?
Yes, England is a country. But with Scotland, Wales and Northern Island they make up Great Britain and the 4 of them together make up the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
However, the United Kingdom is the one country recognized as a sovereign state (represented by one central government that has sovereignty over the entire UK and the power and authority to enter into relations with other sovereign states.
That’s why the United Kingdom is a member of the UN, and not England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as separate countries.
But, yes, England is still regarded as a country, but not as a sovereign state. That’s also why the people of the United Kingdom has a UK passport (British) and not an English passport for example.
In some Sports, such as Football, Cricket, and Rugby the countries that make up the United Kingdom is competing on their own. For example, England has their own national football team, but in the Olympics, they compete under the flag of the United Kingdom.
General England Facts
Below are some general info such as total population, land area, biggest lake, highest mountain and other general facts about England that might be interesting to know.
- Total Population: 55,268,100 (2016)
- Highest Mountain: Scafell Pike – 978 meters above the sea
- Land area: 130 395 km²
- Biggest Lake: Windermere – 14.73 km2
- National Day: The 23 April, St George’s day is generally considered to be the national day.
- Government: Part of a constitutional monarchy
- Monarch: Elizabeth II
- Currency: Sterling Pound (GBP)
- Official language: English.
- Member of EU: Yes, but a Brexit has been voted in favor (via the United Kingdom).
- Member of Nato: Yes (via the United Kingdom).
- National song: “God Save the Queen”
- Time zone: UTC+0
- Country Number/Prefix: +44
- Capital: London.
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