A DAY IN THE UNITED KINGDOM
Director(s): Roland THERON, Timothé JANSSEN – Writer(s): Roland THERON, Timothé JANSSEN Contact Print page
The United Kingdom – an oceanic archipelago off the European continent – represents an original geopolitical construction. England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland make up this multinational state less than 40% the size of France but with nearly the same number of inhabitants. We’ll discover how a population of 65 million live on such a limited territory, wedged between the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.
A satellite image of the UK seen at night highlights the difference between a very dark North and the south that is unevenly lit, with most lights concentrated in the greater London area. The country's geography largely contributed to a very unequal distribution of its population. While some regions are totally empty over wide stretches – such as the Scottish Highlands and Northern England, cities, London in particular, are densely populated today. In the early 21st century, the United Kingdom has the highest rate of urbanization in Europe: nine out of ten of its citizens live in the city.
This demographic imbalance differs from one region to another, England alone accounts for five times the population of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales taken together! A north/south divide that is further accentuated by the expansion and the revival of urban areas in southern England. London, the capital and number one in the history of urbanization, is the world’s most important stock market - virtually regaining its international status.
Fifth world economic power, the UK today has the appearance of an island with contradictions... in some parts under-populated where others are "saturated"; a land of asylum and migration for the rich as well as the poor. A cosmopolitan country marked by important divisions, with two sides to its coin – the United and Disunited Kingdom.