close menu

10 lesser-known facts about Scotland

by 1st Contact | May 06, 2014
  • Albion, Pictland, Pretanikai Nesoi, Cruithintuait, Caledonia – call it what you like, Scotland has as many names as it does wonders. Here, we explore ten unusual facts about the UK’s northernmost country.
  • Immigration

    1. Scotland makes 28% of Europe’s PCs
      The electronics sector is huge in Scotland, accounting for 12% of the country’s total manufacturing employment, 14% of GDP, and more than half of all Scottish exports.
    2. Scotland has the highest proportion of redheads in the world
      Around 13% of the Scottish population has red hair and more than 40 % are carrying the recessive gene.
    3. The official animal of Scotland is a fictitious creature
      No, not the Loch Ness Monster, but rather the unicorn. The unicorn has been the official animal of Scotland since the 12th century, when it was used on an early version of the Scottish coat of arms by William I. In Celtic mythology, the unicorn symbolised innocence and purity, healing powers and joy.
    4. Neither bagpipes nor kilts were invented in Scotland
      The same can be said about haggis, whisky or tartan.
    5. The Scots are an inventive nation
      They’re responsible for giving the world an astounding number of inventions, including the television, telephone, fingerprinting, the pneumatic tyre, video cassette recorder, golf, adhesive stamps, the raincoat, Bovril, chloroform, colour photography, penicillin, bicycle pedals, the lawnmower, the raincoat, ATM Machine, savings banks, the fax machine, motor insurance, the hypodermic syringe and the fountain pen; even Chicken Tikka Masala was a Scottish innovation.
    6. Scotland’s richest man every year since 2010 is Mahdi Al Tajir
      Tajir is an Emirati businessman based in the UK. He owns the Highland Spring Bottled Water Company and his fortune is estimated to be at £1.65bn.
    7. Scotland holds the record for the most consecutive first round eliminations in the Fifa World Cup
      These happened in 1954, 1958, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990 and 1998.
    8. Scotland has the shortest scheduled aeroplane flight in the world
      At a ludicrous 2.4km long, the flight is from Westray to Papa Westray in the Orkney Islands and takes one minute, 14 seconds to complete.
    9. There are as many Scottish people living in North America as in Scotland
      Censuses taken in the USA and Canada estimate the number to be around five million.
    10. The Nobel Prize
      Even though Scots comprise less than 0.5% of the world’s population, 11 % of all Nobel Prize winners have been Scots.

    Wherever you’re heading in the UK 1st Contact can help you get your visa, open a bank account, find a job, sort out those finances and everything else in-between.

    • man-working-at-home
      Get the most out of being a contractor in the UK by following these simple steps
      Mar 15, 2018  |  by 1st Contact
    • tax-hand-magnifying-glass
      Reap the benefits of submitting your Self Assessment tax return early
      Mar 02, 2018  |  by Kobus Van den Bergh
    • students-graduating
      UK student visas: Here's how you can get one
      Feb 22, 2018  |  by John Dunn
    • students-school-chalk-board
      Get your child into state-funded school in the UK
      Feb 21, 2018  |  by Leanne Shrosbree
    • medical-cross-and-heart
      The NHS vs Medicare: Which is better?
      Jan 30, 2018  |  by 1st Contact
    • big-ben-london-at-night
      What is the cost of living in London in 2018?
      Jan 25, 2018  |  by 1st Contact
    • house-key
      To rent in the UK, you absolutely need to have the right to rent
      Jan 19, 2018  |  by Leanne Shrosbree
    • man-making-more-money
      This is how contractors can take home more cash
      Jan 09, 2018  |  by Kobus Van den Bergh
    • airport-waiting-takeoff-plane
      5 pro tips for surviving your long-haul flight
      Dec 19, 2017  |  by Kobus Van den Bergh
    • young-friends-drinking-beer-at-pub
      10 interesting facts about the UK working holiday visa
      Nov 27, 2017  |  by John Dunn
     
     

    Do you like cookies? We do, read why.