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Learning About: The Difference between the UK, Britain and England

I have been in doubt for a long time about the difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England.

For some strange reason I thought England was a country, Great Britain was the alliance between Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland, and the United Kingdom was the collection of islands including the Isle of Man.

I have done some research and also developed a small image that exemplifies what I have learned.

  • The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a sovereign state located off the northwestern coast of continental Europe.
  • A sovereign state, commonly simply referred to as a state, is a political association with effective internal and external sovereignty over a geographic area and population which is not dependent on, or subject to any other power or state.
  • Great Britain is an island lying to the northwest of Continental Europe.
  • England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom.


I hope this may have been of use to you or somebody else with this question.

The following links were of use to me while doing my research: