What’s The Difference Between The United Kingdom, Great Britain, And England?
What’s the difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain, and England?
Many people may laugh at you for not knowing the difference, especially Europeans, but they would be surprised to know that many Americans do not know the difference. Most Americans know there is indeed a difference, but not what it entails. Let’s find out (a video is included below)…
England is a country that shares land borders with Wales to the west, Scotland to the north; the Irish Sea is to the north west, the Celtic Sea to the south west and the North Sea to the east.
Great Britain is the large island, a small conglomerate of countries consisting of Scotland, England, and Wales.
The name United Kingdom or “UK” is officially called (or short for) ‘the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.’ It includes all of Great Britain and includes Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland is a portion a of Ireland located at the north-east corner. The remainder of Ireland is the Republic of Ireland, a separate independent country.
The United Kingdom at one time also included the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea. These are now all territories ruled by the British crown, though they are generally self-governing.
Bonus fact: While Canada is an independent nation, Canada remains part of the Commonwealth of Nations and Canada’s monarch is the Queen of England. Though, she remains simply a figurehead.