United Kingdom

United Kingdom

The sun hasn’t set yet on the United Kingdom. Though its glorious empire of past centuries has dwindled into the shadows, the U.K. remains a prominent figure in the European and world communities; the nature of its influence may have changed, but it is still ubiquitous.

Regardless of whether it’s England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland—each a distinctive and proud entity—both pastoral countrysides and metropolises in these regions are steeped in history and cultural traditions. One only needs to conjure thoughts of Stonehenge, Westminster Abbey or a cozy country pub to recognize the significance of its remarkable past. But the U.K. is also intrinsically modern and takes great pride in its cutting-edge innovations, whether they’re in art, fashion or technology. A strong economy and a cosmopolitan attitude have propelled the U.K. into a new century with the hope that it remains a serious player on the world stage.