What is the population of Britain and its major cities?
The United Kingdom ranks 18th in the world in terms of population size. In mid 1998, the population of the United Kingdom was 59.2 million, an increase of just over half since the beginning of the century.
The total population of England is estimated at 49.5 million; Wales is estimated at 2.9 million, Scotland at 5.1 million and Northern Ireland at 1.7 million people. England has the highest population density and Scotland has the lowest.
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The population of some of Britain's major cities in mid-1998 was as follows: London 7,187,272; Birmingham 1,013,431; Manchester 429,812; Glasgow 619,680; Edinburgh 450,000; Belfast 287,500; Cardiff 321,000