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Some Interesting Facts of the Population of United Kingdom

A census is a count of the whole population. It also collects statistics on topics such as age, place of birth, occupation, ethnicity, housing, health, and marital status. A census of the population in UK has been taken every 10 years since 1801, except during the second World War. The next census will be in 2011. The census information remains confidential and anonymous; it can only be released to the public after 100 years!

In 2005 the population of the united Kingdom was just under 60 million people, nearly 84% of the total population lives in England. The UK now has an ageing population, for instance, there are more people over 60 than children under 16, and there is also a record number of people aged 85 and over.

People of Indian, Pakistani, Chinese, Black Caribbean, Black African, Bangladeshi and mixed ethnic descent make up 8.3% of the UK population. About half the members of these communities were born in the United Kingdom. About 0.2 million Chinese people make up 0.4% of U…

Kedleston Hall

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Derby does not spring to mind as a tourist attraction, but it has much to offer the visitor (including the county show in June). The cathedral, for example, has an interior that combine 18th-century splendour with the best modern craftsmanship. The Museum and Art Gallery in the Strand has an enormous range of displays, including porcelain, coins, natural history, archaeology and folk exhibits, together with a collection of paintings by the important local artist Joseph Wright, while the former silk mill off Full Street, now houses the Derby Industrial Museum, devoted to the history of local mining, quarrying and manufacturing, with special emphasis on Rolls Royce. You can see the porcelain industry at first hand at the Crown Derby factory in Osmaston Road, which has a fine museum. Joseph Pickford's House in 41 Friar Gate, has recently been converted to a museum of domestic life.

Derbyshire is famous for its stately homes, but none outdoes the grandeur and elegant symmetry of Ke…

The tests of knowledge about life in the United Kingdom

Start to read  Life in the United Kingdom, a journey to Citizenship, the official publication valid for tests taken from 2007, by Home Office.

The tests of knowledge about life in the United Kingdom was brought in during 2005 for people who want to become British Citizens.

From 2 April 2007, people who apply for permanent settlement in the United Kingdom - which must be obtained before someone can apply for citizenship - have to pass the same test. A person who qualifies for settlement (permanent residence or 'indefinite leave to remain') will not need to go through the same process again if he/she later decides to apply for British citizenship.

The applicants can have one of two ways to show their knowledge of the English language and of life in the United Kingdom: a special ESQL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) course, or the new Life in the UK test, which consists of 24 questions. The Life in the UK Test will be taken in English and requires an understanding of the …