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Lifestyle in Scotland

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If you are moving to Scotland, you will probably have queries about its population's lifestyle. Below is an overview.

For better adaptation to your new life in Scotland, you will probably want to know about its inhabitants' lifestyle. The country has been attracting expatriates in large numbers since years, not only for the numerous opportunities it provides, but also for its pleasant environment and the quality of life it offers to its inhabitants. Moreover, Scotland has a warm and hospitable population which will leave no stones unturned when it comes to make you feel at home.

Demography

In 2014, the Scottish population consisted of 5,347,600 inhabitants, with only 17% of less than 16 years old people.

Most of the population, that is some 600,000 inhabitants, live in Glasgow. Edinburgh, the capital city, has around 500,000 inhabitants.

Larkhall, the less densely populated village, is located in the South of Lanarkshire.

Traditions

Scots have drawn an imaginary line that symbolically goes from Aberdeen, Highlands North and West to Glasgow, the Lowlands in the South and East.

The Highlands are still animated by a rural mindset while the Lowlands have greatly urbanized and modernized over the years.

This is probably why Gaelic traditions and languages are more present on the Northwest coast. It is up to you to decide where you would prefer to settle, specially if you wish to learn Gaelic.

Symbols

William Wallace was a Scottish knight born around 1270 in Ellerslie. He passed away on August 23, 1305 in London. He had led his people against the English occupation under King Edward I of England.

Robert Iᵉʳ of Scotland, also known as Robert the Bruce, Robert de Brus, Roibert a Briuis and Robert Bruce was a Scottish monarch, born on July 11, 1274 at Turnberry Castle. He passes away on June 7, 1329 in Cardross.

The Scottish thistle: In 1263, the Vikings wanting to invade and take over Scotland pricked their feet with thistle when they tried to attack at night. Their cries of pain alerted the Scots who then foiled their enemies' plans.

The crawling lion called the Royal Standard of Scotland was a flag used by the kings of Scotland from the twelfth century (during the reign of William I, also known as William the Lion) until 1603 and the Union of Kingdoms of England and Scotland.

The St. Andrew (Saltire) cross is a white cross on a blue background. It is said to be the cross of the Christian martyr Saint Andrew. This flag is considered one of the oldest flags in the world.

Local cuisine

Remember that Scotland is not only about eating Haggis and drinking whiskey. In fact, fruits and vegetable are very present in Scottish dishes, along with minced meat, curries, potatoes, sugar, chocolate, salt, butter, and fish.

Whiskey, for its part, is served on special occasions.

Education

In Scotland, education is compulsory as from the age of 5 until 16.

School generally starts at 9 am to end at 3.30 pm.

The school year starts in mid-August and lasts till the end of June.

Religion

Religion has an important place in Scottish culture. According to a recent survey, most Scots consider themselves Christians. Nevertheless, the Church of Scotland – Presbyterian – takes over the Christian church.

Besides Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism are also quite present in the country.

Marriage and family

Scots are more likely to celebrate civil marriage rather than a religious one. Note that one must be at least 16 years old to get married.

 Useful links:

Expat.com – Everyday life in Scotland Forum 
Scotland – Official Portal www.scotland.org

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