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Background Stats: compare key data on United Kingdom & United States

Definitions

  • Daylight Savings Time end date: Rules that determine the date on which daylight savings time ends. Clocks are moved backwards on this date.
  • Daylight Savings Time start date: Rules that determine the date on which daylight savings time begins. Clocks are moved forward on this date.
  • First human settlement > Date: Date or period of the first known or suspected human settlement within each geographic location listed. For further descriptions, please refer to notes.
  • First human settlement > Notes: Description of the first known or suspected human settlement within each geographic location listed. For the date or period of the described settlement, please refer to the according date stat.
  • First human settlement > Place: Location of the first known or suspected human settlement in each country.
  • Full name: Full names (translated to english) of the United Nations member states, as of 2014. For a list of full names in the respective original languages of each country, check this link.
  • Land border length: The length of each country's land border. Islands are listed as having a 0.0 km.
  • National anthems: National anthem.
  • National tree: Name of tree.

    No date was available from the Wikipedia article, so we used the date of retrieval.

  • Neighboring countries and territories: The countries and territories neighboring each country. "L" means they share only a land border and "M" means they have only maritime boundaries. A blank means they share both.
  • Overview: A geopolitical overview of every sovereign country in the world, briefly examining their recent history and place on the global stage. The texts are taken from the BBC News website.
STAT United Kingdom United States
Daylight Savings Time end date 01:00 GMT on last Sunday October First Sunday November
Daylight Savings Time start date 01:00 GMT on last Sunday March Second Sunday March
First human settlement > Date 41,500-44,200 BP 16,000 BP
First human settlement > Notes Human jaw fragment found in Torquay, Devon in 1927. Stone, bone, and wood artifacts and animal and plant remains found in Washington County, Pennsylvania .
First human settlement > Place Kents Cavern Meadowcroft Rockshelter
Full name United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland United States of America
Land border length 360 km
Ranked 145th.
12,034 km
Ranked 6th. 33 times more than United Kingdom
National anthems God Save the Queen The Star-Spangled Banner
National tree Royal Oak Oak
Neighboring countries and territories Belgium (M) Denmark (M) France (M) Germany (M) Ireland Netherlands (M) Norway (M) Faroe Islands ( Denmark ) (M) Bahamas (M) Canada Cuba (M) Kiribati (M) Mexico Russia (M)
Overview <p>The United Kingdom is made up of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It has a long history as a major player in international affairs and fulfils an important role in the EU, UN and Nato.</p> <p>The twentieth century saw Britain having to redefine its place in the world. At the beginning of the century it commanded a world-wide empire as the foremost global power. </p> <p>Two world wars and the end of empire diminished its role, but the UK remains a major economic and military power, with considerable political and cultural influence around the world.</p><br> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-18023389">Full Article</a> <p>The USA is the world&#039;s foremost economic and military power, with global interests and an unmatched global reach. </p> <p>America&#039;s gross domestic product accounts for close to a quarter of the world total, and its military budget is reckoned to be almost as much as the rest of the world&#039;s defence spending put together.</p> <p>The country is also a major source of entertainment: American TV, Hollywood films, jazz, blues, rock and rap music are primary ingredients in global popular culture. </p><br> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-16761057">Full Article</a>

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