Scotland exports Scotch whisky, salmon, beef and lamb, chemicals, petroleum products, electronics, and textiles. The country imports manufactured goods, beverages and tobacco, machinery and vehicles, and fuels. Whisky is the best-known Scottish export, with 36 bottles exported every second as of 2014. Scottish salmon is exported to about 60 countries each year.Continue Reading
Products exported from Scotland were valued at £4.3 billion annually as of 2013. Top importers of Scottish products include Germany, France, the Netherlands and the United States. Almost two-thirds of Scotland's total exports fall into five categories: business services, instrument engineering, chemicals, food and beverages, and mechanical engineering. Other Scottish exports include textiles and equipment and technology relating to renewable energies.
In September 2014, the Scottish people voted in a referendum on becoming independent from the United Kingdom. The nation decided against independence with more than 55 percent voting "no." Prior to the vote, a study by the Economic and Social Research Council noted that a reduction in integration with the rest of the United Kingdom could result in a 5 percent drop in the country's economic output. The research also noted that the Scottish government's plan for growing the economy, along with other factors resulting from independence, could offset the drop in output.Learn more about United Kingdom
Golf is considered the unofficial national sport of Scotland, its birthplace. The rules of the game and the first courses were developed in Scotland more than six centuries ago.Full Answer >
Scotland is in the northern area of the United Kingdom. This country has approximately 800 small islands and shares a southern border with England.Full Answer >
Some islands in Scotland include the Isle of Skye, St. Kilda and the Shetland Isles. All in all, Scotland has over 790 islands. Many of these islands, such as the Isle of Skye, are part of larger groups.Full Answer >
In Scotland, Hogmanay refers to the last day of the year and is synonymous with New Years Eve celebrations. Historians believe that the tradition of Hogmanay, and the idea of the importance of celebrating the Winter Solstice, arrived in Scotland with the Vikings in the early eighth and ninth centuries.Full Answer >