Scotland Facts & Information
Situated within a vibrant Europe, Scotland is progressive nation built on dynamism, creativity and the fabulous warmth of its people. Here you will find a range of Scottish facts, from information on its diverse and dramatic landscape and natural resources to facts about Scotland’s population, economy and industry.
Scotland boasts one of the world’s most powerful economies. The country’s capital city, Edinburgh, is a bustling centre of business, technology and commerce. A number of world-class education institutions are located throughout the country. Tourism is one of Scotland’s most lucrative assets, focusing on such attractions as golf, walking and a rich history. In industry, too, the country is pioneering and enterprising. Key business sectors include life sciences, electronic technologies, energy and financial services.
Scotland also boasts a thriving export market with an impressive global reach, especially in food and drink – including Scotland’s famous whisky – and chemicals. Our people are also a major strength. In the workplace, we are well-educated, skilled and motivated – and we are proud of our heritage of inventiveness and innovation. We also like to play – whether it’s a party, festival or sporting event.
While Scotland is a small nation it has big ambitions.
|Official Language(s)||English, Gaelic, Scots|
|Queen (of the UK)||Queen Elizabeth II|
|Prime Minister (of the UK)||David Cameron MP|
|First Minister of Scotland||Nicola Sturgeon MSP|
|Area||78,772 km2 (30,414 sq mi)|
|Population||Around 5.2 million (National Records of Scotland)|
|Population Density||64/km2 (167.5 sp/mi)|
|GVA per head||£19, 744 (2009) (Office National Statistics)|
|Currency||Pound Stirling (GBP)|