The British Culture

British culture is shaped by the United Kingdom’s history as a developed, democratic country that is predominantly Christian in its religious life. The United Kingdom is made up of 4 counties – England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. While they share much in common, each has its distinct culture and traditions and a strong sense of national identity. The wider culture of Europe and beyond has also influenced British culture in many ways from politics and philosophy to the arts and the food we eat. Many aspects of British culture are respected around the world, not least science and technology, sport, literature, music, theatre, architecture – and, of course, education. Numerous sports originated in the UK, including football and rugby. English is the main language (being spoken monolingually by more than 70% of the UK population) and is the de facto official language.