26 Facts About Great Britain

1. Great Britain is only 35 km from France and is linked by a tunnel under the English Channel.

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2. In 1985, Great Britain agreed that Hong Kong would revert to Chinese sovereignty in 1997.

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3. Great Britain finally entered what had become the European Community in Jan, 1973.

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4. Great Britain had undertaken to help Greece and Turkey resist Communist subversion, but the financial burden proved too great, and the task was assumed by the United States.

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5. Great Britain had begun to rearm in 1936 and, after Munich, instituted conscription.

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6. The League of Nations, in which Great Britain was a leader, declined rapidly by failing to take decisive action, and British prestige fell further because of a policy of nonintervention in the Spanish civil war.

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7. Great Britain emerged from the War of the Austrian Succession and from the Seven Years War as the possessor of the world's greatest empire.

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8. Great Britain has abundant supplies of coal, oil, and natural gas.

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9. Great Britain is one of the world's leading industrialized nations.

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10. Great Britain claimed an acrimonious victory over Greece on Thursday night, to maintain their hopes of winning a promotion play-off at the end of the week.

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11. Great Britain were more diplomatic in their response, knowing that they still have something to play for with their tie against Hungary.

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12. Great Britain set up a winner-takes-all Fed Cup clash with Hungary on Friday, but their victory against Greece was dogged by controversial line calls.

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13. Great Britain have played outside the Fed Cup's top two tiers since 1993 but are bidding to reach the World Group II play-offs for a third successive year.

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14. Great Britain refers geographically to the island of Great Britain.

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15. Great Britain is an island in the North Atlantic Ocean off the northwest coast of continental Europe.

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16. Great Britain had to dig deep as they twice came from behind to earn a draw in their Women's Champions Trophy opener against hosts China.

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17. Great Britain have named a squad including six Olympic champions for next month's UCI Track Cycling World Cup in London.

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18. Great Britain have scooped 12 taekwondo gold medals at the Commonwealth Championships in Edinburgh.

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19. Great Britain have not played a Test since 2007, while it would be the first full Lions tour since 1996.

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20. Great Britain set to face Tonga in New Zealand in first Test for 12 years.

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21. Great Britain has in recent days, displayed a remarkable degree of unity.

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22. The first patron saint of Great Britain was Saint Alban.

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23. In the Late Bronze Age, Great Britain was part of a culture called the Atlantic Bronze Age, held together by maritime trading, which included Ireland, France, Spain and Portugal.

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24. Great Britain lies on the European continental shelf, part of the Eurasian Plate.

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25. The term "Great Britain" is often used to include the whole of England, Scotland and Wales including their component adjoining islands; and is occasionally but contentiously applied to the UK as a whole in some contexts.

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26. Great Britain is a large island in the North Atlantic Ocean off the northwest coast of continental Europe.

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