Taking the high road
Scotland may be most famous for its exports of oil, textiles, whisky and salmon, but its economy is far more diverse than it’s often given credit for. Among other things, it is Europe’s fourth largest asset management centre and is a leader in areas such as life sciences and renewable energy development. The creative industries also play a central role in the Scottish economy – from the world’s largest arts festival, the Edinburgh Fringe, which pulls in tourists from all over the world, to animation studios producing the UK’s best-selling video game of all time, Grand Theft Auto.
Section at a glance
- 38 - The number of bottles of Scotch whisky exported every second
- 60% - The proportion of UK onshore wind energy generated in Scotland
- £6.4 billion - The annual value of the Scottish tourism industry