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Competing Countries

Europe

Cyprus
Population759,048
CapitalNicosia
LanguageGreek, Turkish, English
ReligionGreek (Cypriot) Orthodox, Sunni Muslim
GeneralCyprus has a typically Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and mild winters. The economy is based mainly on specialist agriculture and tourism, though shipping and offshore banking are also major sources of income.

England
Population49,495,000
CapitalLondon
LanguageEnglish
ReligionProtestant, Roman Catholic, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Jewish
GeneralThe UK has few mineral deposits, but has important energy resources. Agriculture involves mainly sheep and cattle raising and dairy farming. Both forestry and fishing are also important. Major manufactures are food and drinks, motor vehicles, electronic and electrical products. The economy is dominated by service industries, including banking, insurance, finance, business services, retail and catering.

Gibraltar
Population29,272
CapitalGibraltar
LanguageEnglish, Spanish
ReligionRoman Catholic, Protestant
GeneralGibraltar lies on the south coast of Spain at the western entrance to the Mediterranean Sea. The economy depends on tourism, offshore banking and entrepot trade.

Guernsey
Population64,080
CapitalSt Peter Port
LanguageEnglish
ReligionProtestant, Roman Catholic
GeneralOne of the Channel Islands lying off the west coast of the Cherbourg peninsula in northern France.

Isle of Man
Population73,117
CapitalDouglas
LanguageEnglish
ReligionProtestant, Roman Catholic
GeneralCool summers, mild winters, humid climate. Main industries offshore banking, manufacturing and tourism.

Jersey
Population88,915
CapitalSt Helier
LanguageEnglish, French
ReligionProtestant, Roman Catholic
GeneralOne of the Channel Islands lying off the west coast of the Cherbourg peninsula in northern France.

Malta
Population380,000
CapitalValletta
LanguageMaltese, English
ReligionRoman Catholic
GeneralTwo thirds of the population lives in the Valletta area. The islands have hot, dry summers and mild winters. The main industries are tourism, ship building and repair, and export manufacturing (chiefly clothing).

Northern Ireland
Population1,663,000
CapitalBelfast
LanguageEnglish, Irish Gaelic
ReligionProtestant, Roman Catholic
GeneralNorthern Ireland has mostly level to rolling interior plains surrounded by rugged hills and low mountain sea cliffs on the west coast. The climate is maritime, modified by North Atlantic currents. Northern Ireland has mild winters and cool summers. Economy is based mainly on export and also benefits from consumer spending, construction and business investments.

Scotland
Population5,120,000
CapitalEdinburgh
LanguageEnglish
ReligionProtestant, Roman Catholic
GeneralScotland consists of southern uplands, central lowlands, highlands (which include the UK's highest peak) and islands.

Wales
Population2,921,000
CapitalCardiff
LanguageEnglish, Welsh
ReligionProtestant, Roman Catholic
GeneralWales is surrounded by sea on three sides and has mountainous terrain. The climate is cold and wet with high levels of rainfall all year round. Banking and finance, steel, transport equipment, oil and gas and tourism dominate the economy.