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British Council

Organisation promoting cultural and linguistic knowledge of the United Kingdom / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The British Council is a British organisation specialising in international cultural and educational opportunities. It works in over 100 countries: promoting a wider knowledge of the United Kingdom and the English language (and the Welsh language in Argentina[2]); encouraging cultural, scientific, technological and educational co-operation with the United Kingdom. The organisation has been called a soft power extension of UK foreign policy,[3][4] as well as a tool for propaganda.[5]

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British Council
Founded1934; 89 years ago (1934)
FounderBritish government
TypeCultural institution
HeadquartersStratford, London, England, United Kingdom
Area served
ProductBritish cultural and language education
Key people
Stevie Spring CBE (Chair)
Scott McDonald (Chief Executive)
Revenue (2020–21)
Expenses (2020–21)£1,015,114,434[1]
British Council building in London
British Council Delhi Launch of Mix The City Delhi, 6 April 2017
British Council building in Hong Kong

The British Council is governed by a Royal Charter. It is also a public corporation and an executive nondepartmental public body (NDPB), sponsored by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. Its headquarters are in Stratford, London. Its Chairman is Stevie Spring[6] and its Chief Executive is Scott McDonald.[7]