Queen Elizabeth II has been head of state since 1952 and is thus the longest reigning monarch on the world. The land has a moved history and up to this day you can feel the remnants of the folk stories in many rural areas. It doesn’t rain as much as people like to tell, but wellies are still a standard for every British person. Great Britain is home to 17 UNESCO world heritage places, which you can find all across the green island. And, Great Britain is regarded as the birthplace of football.

The young people in Great Britain don’t only love football, bus also cricket, golf, and rugby. They often meet each other and watch the games of their favourite team on the television. Other activities include going to the movies and to concerts. Both the music and cinema culture is very diverse and each year a lot of new talents are discovered.

People and community

The people in Great Britain seem to be a bit restrained at first. But you’ll see that their typical dry humour will make you the best of friends. In the big cities you’ll find a lot of different cultural influences. In rural areas the old knight stories are still very present. One thing you should never forget is queing. Apart from that the British are very relaxed and live by their unofficial motto keep calm and carry on.

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Language

English isn’t only the official language of England but also one of the most spoken and learned languages in the world. Through England’s history the language is influenced by French and German.

Food

The British cuisine is almost as infamous as its weather – unjustly so. The daily meals are rather simple with potatoes, meat and local vegetables. More diverse is the typical full English breakfast: sausages, beans, mushrooms, eggs, bread and bacon. At the numerous street food huts you can try fish and chips and in the afternoon enjoy tea and biscuits with your friends and host family. If you’re in for something more international you’ll find Japanese Indian, Japanese, Chinese, Thai or South American dishes almost anywhere.

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