Britain's Vital Statistics

Written by  Simon Worsfold June 20, 2009

Population: 60 million

Area: 250,000 square kilometers

Capital: London

Currency: Sterling (pounds), £1 is approximately $2 CDN (as of 2006)

When to go: Warmest from June to August, coldest from December to February

International airports: London Heathrow & London Gatwick

Paperwork: Canadians do not require visas to enter Britain as tourists; for work or study see

Read more:
Backdoor Britain
Britain on the Cheap

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