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Introduction Location: Western Europe, islands including the northern one-sixth of the island of Ireland between the North Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea, northwest of France Capital : London Ethnic groups: white (of which English 83.6%, Scottish 8.6%, Welsh 4.9%, Northern Irish 2.9%) 92.1%, black 2%, Indian 1.8%, Pakistani 1.3%, mixed 1.2%, other 1.6% (2001 census) Religions: Christian (Anglican, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist) 71.6%, Muslim 2.7%, Hindu 1%, other 1.6%, unspecified or none 23.1% (2001 census) Languages: English, Welsh (about 26% of the population of Wales), Scottish form of Gaelic (about 60,000 in Scotland)

England is one of four distinct regions of the United Kingdom, which also includes Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. England’s population is approximately 47 million. The English are very proud of their heritage and history.  Along with their contributions to the world of today, several famous writers came from England.  Some of the most famous are Shakespeare, T.S. Eliot, and Chaucer. This century, England has seen many influential daughters and sons.  The Beatles, Winston Churchill, and Queen Elizabeth II have all played a tremendous role in England’s presence in the modern world.

Behaviour : 

Behaviour Always be punctual in England.  Arriving a few minutes early for safety is acceptable.   Decision-making is slower in England than in the United States; therefore it is unwise to rush the English into making a decision.   A simple handshake is the standard greeting (for both men and women) for business occasions and for visiting a home.   Privacy is very important to the English. Therefore asking personal questions or intensely staring at another person should be avoided.   Eye contact is seldom kept during British conversations.   Personal space is important in England, and one should maintain a wide physical space when conversing.  Furthermore, it is considered inappropriate to touch others in public.    Gifts are generally not part of doing business in England.   A business lunch will often be conducted in a pub and will consist of a light meal and perhaps a pint of ale.   When socializing after work hours, do not bring up the subject of work.

Communication : 

Communication "America and Britain are two nations divided by a common language" George Bernard was once quoted as saying.     In England, English is the official language, but it should be noted that Queen’s English and American English are very different.     Often times ordinary vocabulary can differ between the two countries.     Loud talking and disruptive behavior should be avoided.     One gesture to avoid is the V for Victory sign, done with the palm facing yourself.   This is a very offensive gesture.   If a man has been knighted, he is addressed as "Sir and his first name" example: Sir John. If writing a letter, the envelope is addressed "Sir First name and Last name" example: Sir John Roberts

Appearance : 

Appearance Business attire rules are somewhat relaxed in England, but conservative dress is still very important for both men and women.   Dark suits, usually black, blue, or gray, are quite acceptable.   Men's shirts should not have pockets; if they do, the pockets should always be kept empty. Additionally, men should wear solid or patterned ties, while avoiding striped ties.   Men wear laced shoes, not loafers.   Businesswomen are not as limited to colors and styles as men are, though it is still important to maintain a conservative image.

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