In the twentieth century the United Kingdom has commanded a worldwide empire for the foremost global power.
Two world wars have diminished its role.
The UK is ethnically diverse nation. But in recent years, the country has been struggling with issues like national identity, immigration and multiculturalism. Apart from London, other largest cities include Bradford, Manchester, Bristol, Leeds, Edinburgh, Liverpool, and Glasgow.
One of the more recent trends in migration has been the arrival of workers from the new EU member states in Eastern Europe.
The United Kingdom has been at the forefront of youth culture since the heyday of the Beatles and Rolling Stones in the 1960s.
The land is enriched with a profound literary heritage by the likes of writers such as William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens. Welshman Dylan Thomas and Scot Robert Burns are few among the remaining.
UK’s music is traditional music and it has deep roots across the UK.