When people think of Great Britain they typically only think of England. And while England is the centerpiece of Britain, it's not the only country located within its borders. Britain has a rich history that reaches back ten's, if not hundreds of thousands of years and while it's impossible to sum it up in 300 words, here are five facts you may not know about Great Britain.
Great Britain is a sovereign state made up not just of England, but also Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Each country has their own capital city, as well as their own right.
While the days where the Sun Does Not Set on the British Empire may be gone, the Brits do still have fourteen overseas territories. In the Caribbean and North American area, Britain has Anguilla, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, and the Turks and Caicos Islands. In the South Atlantic Ocean Britain has Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, as well as South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. Other territories around the world are the British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, the Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Pitcairn Islands, and the Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia.
While they are looked at as one of the premier soccer countries in the world, England has not won the World Cup since 1966. Since then the English made the tournament semi-finals just once, in 1990. The last time a another country from Great Britain qualified for the World Cup tournament was Scotland in 1990.
London Heathrow Airport is ranked as the busiest airport in Europe and third busiest airport in the world. In 2011 Heathrow handled more than 52 million passengers, only ranking behind Beijing Capital International Airport (57 million) and Hartsfield'Jackson Atlanta International Airport (69 million).
The Channel Tunnel that runs under the English Channel connecting England and Paris is the longest undersea rail tunnel in the world. The Chunnel, as it is typically called, links Folkestone, England and Coquelles, France and travels a distance of 23,5 miles.