What Are The Differences Between England, Scotland And Wales In Terms Of Cultural Tradition?

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Mark Henderson Profile
Mark Henderson answered
Cultural Differences

England, Scotland and Wales all have significant individual cultures and traditions, although English culture is sometimes wrongly assumed to be that of the whole of the British Isles.

Language
  • English is one of the most widely-spoken languages in the world, and is the official language of international organisations such as the United Nations.
  • The language is universally spoken in Scotland and Wales, but both countries also have their own languages.
  • The Welsh language is a Brythonic language which (as of 2011) is the official language of the country, even though only 20% of the population can speak it.
  • Scotland is home to a whole family of languages and dialects, of which the two most prominent are the Scots language and Scottish Gaelic. Scots language is also spoken in parts of Northern Ireland, where it is known as Ulster Scots.


Sport England is responsible for the codification of most of the modern world's most popular sports including Association Football (Soccer), Rugby, Cricket and Tennis. However Scotland and Wales both have their own sporting traditions.

  • In Wales, Rugby is more popular than Football, whereas in England the reverse is true.
  • English sports are very popular in Scotland, although the country also has its own sporting traditions. Scotland is the home of Golf and is globally-renowned for its golf courses. It is also the birth place of Curling, a traditional Scottish sport.

History
  • Before the Act of Union, there had been numerous conflicts between the countries, usually involving rebellion against English rule or the repulsion of English invaders.
  • The Act of Union in 1707 put into the law the terms of the 1706 treaty of Union. This act joined the Kingdom of Scotland and the Kingdom of England (which included Wales) into one separate state called the Kingdom of Great Britain.
Mellisa Turner Profile
Mellisa Turner answered

Very little - we eat the same foods, speak the same language, listen to the same music and so on.

A significant minority of Welsh people speak the Welsh language but most speak English as their only language. Less than 1% of Scots speak Gaelic.

It's probably true to say that politically, the English are somewhat more right-wing than the others, but this is misleading as the north of England is just as left-wing as Scotland or Wales.

There are historical differences such as local foods, traditional music and so on but these vary within all of the nations, not just between them and don't really impact on daily life.

Despite what many people keep saying, the great majority of Scots and Welsh have no interest in independence or breaking the union up - this is backed up by pretty much every poll and election result.

Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Some things that are part of Scottish culture include bagpipes (music), kilts (national dress), clans, highland games, Hogmanay, Gaelic and Scots (language). The others don't have that.

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