Find out key facts about our contribution to soft power and other subjects.
Overall facts for stakeholders
The British Council was founded to create ‘a friendly knowledge and understanding’ between the people of the UK and the wider world.
How the work of the British Council benefits the UK
As a UK Public Body, it is vital that the British Council’s work has a clear focus on delivering benefit for the UK.
Contribution to UK soft power
A country’s soft power is its ability to make friends and influence people not through military might, but through its most attractive assets, notably culture, education, language and values
Relationship with the UK government
The British Council is a registered charity incorporated and governed by a Royal Charter. The British Council is operationally independent from the UK government.
An entrepreneurial public service
1. A UK public service. 2. A 21st century model of public service.