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The county of Rutland, located in central England, is one of the smallest counties in England, with dimensions of north to south being only 18 miles (29.0 km) and a modest breadth east to west of 17 miles (27.4 km). Formally part of Leicestershire, Rutland only received it's autonomy as an independent county in 1997.

The origin of the name Rutland is locally debated – while some believe it's based on a local landowner called Rota, others say the name stems from the rich red colour of the soil which is found here.

Amongst the idyllic rural landscape of Rutland visitors can enjoy Rutland Water, an array of unspoilt villages and two attractive market towns, Oakham and Uppingham, brimming with character and a very 'English' way of life.

The traditional English way of life here certainly seems to benefit Rutland's 37,500 population; In 2006 it was reported that Rutland had the highest fertility rate of any English county and in 2012, the well-being report by the Office for National Statistics found Rutland to be the "happiest county" in the mainland UK.

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