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Great Britain - Economy
The UK, a leading trading power and financial center, is one of the quintet of trillion dollar economies of Western Europe. Over the past two decades, the government hasgreatly reduced public ownership and contained the growth of social welfare programs. Agriculture is intensive, highly mechanized, and efficient by European standards, producing about 60% of food needswith less than 2% of the labor force. The UK has large coal, natural gas, and oil reserves; primary energy production accounts for 10% of GDP, one of the highest shares of any industrial nation.Services, particularly banking, insurance, and business services, account by far for the largest proportion of GDP while industry continues to decline in importance. Since emerging from recession in 1992,Britain's economy has enjoyed the longest period of expansion on record; growth has remained in the 2-3% range since 2004, outpacing most of Europe. The economy's strength has complicated the Laborgovernment's efforts to make a case for Britain to join the European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). Critics point out that the economy is doing well outside of EMU, and public opinion polls show amajority of Britons are opposed to the euro. The BROWN government has been speeding up the improvement of education, health services, and affordable housing at a cost in higher taxes and a wideningpublic deficit
Currency : Pound Sterling (GBP) = 100 Pence
Rate of exchange (Sept.2004) : 1 Euro = 0.676 GBP
GDP (Gross Domestic Product), 2002 : 1557 billion dollars
GDP per capita, 2002 :25884 dollars
GNP (Gross National Product), 2005 : 2263.7 billion dollars
GNP per capita, 2005 : 37632 dollars

Great Britain - Miscellaneous information
CONSUMPTION (individual / year)(world rank 1997) :
- Potatoes = 100 Kg (2)
- Tea = 2.5 Kg (3)
- Chocolate (6)
- Beer = 100 l (6)
- Milk = 120 l (8)

MAIN NATURAL RESOURCES (world rank 2002) :
- Green peas (4)
- Currants (5)...
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