Great Britain

The Union Jack

 Greatest Sporting Nation takes an in-depth look at Great Britain as a country and as one of the world's leading sporting nations, and keeps you up-to-date with its performance in the Global Cup.


National Statistics (source: Wikipedia)

  • Population: (2009 estimate) 61,612,300
  • Area: 244,820 km2 (79th in the world)
  • Population density: 246/km2 (48th in the world)
  • GDP: (2008 estimate) USD 2,230 trillion (7th in the world)
  • GDP per capita: USD 43,785 (20th in the world)
  • GDP (growth rate):  - 1,9% (Q1 2009)
  • Form of government: parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy
  • Chief languages: English is the dominant language, with Scots and four Celtic languages (Welsh, Irish Gaelic, Scots Gaelic and Cornish) being also spoken locally
  • Religion: Christianity is the chief religion (the majority being Church of England, the second largest being the Roman Catholic Church), followed by Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Judaism.
  • Chief ethnic groups
GSN Vital Statistics/The Global Cup
  • 2008 ranking: 5th
  • 2008 weighted points: 3.138 (3,7% of total points scored)
  • 2008 ranking men: 6th
  • 2008 weighted points men: 1.876
  • 2008 ranking ladies: 7th
  • 2008 weighted points ladies: 1.183
  • 2008 ranking mixed: 4th
  • 2008 weighted points mixed: 79
  • 2008 highest scoring sports (% of total Great Britain’s weighted points):
    1. Athletics (16,3%)
    2. Track Cycling (15,4%)
    3. Rugby Union (9,9%)
    4. Swimming (8,9%)
    5. Rowing (6,5%)
    6. Sailing (6,2%)
Great Britain finished a very respectable 5th in the 2008 Global Cup , thanks to a strong performance both across genders and across a large variety of sports.
Excellence was reached in
  • Sailing
  • Track Cycling
  • Rugby Union
  • Snooker
where the Union Jack flew to celebrate overall victories.
Other results to note are:
-  2nd overall in Rowing, only 15 points behind the USA
-  2nd overall in Squash, and 1st place among the ladies
-   3rd overall in Swimming, a combination of 3rd place in the ladies and 8th in the men
-  3rd overall in Rugby League
-  4th overall in Equestrian sports
-  5th overall in Golf, with the British men notching up a 3rd place
Great Britain is currently one place below its 2008 finish, standing in 6th place behind France.
So far this year British athletes excelled in two main sports: Water Sports in general and Swimming, Diving and Rowing in particular, all with gold medals under the belt, and Athletics, where at the IAAF World Athletics Championships they collected 2 golds, 2 silvers, 3 bronze medals and four other placements in the top 5.