Differences between the UK, Great Britain and England

UK countries map

Today I looked for a graph to learn how to differenciate the UK from Great Britain and England, because they are not the same. To avoid boring you with too much text, I have left two images that sum it up, and a video in English with the history of the origin of the UK.

  • UNITED KINGDOM – The union of four independent countries in one: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • GREAT BRITAIN – The main island, where England, Scotland and Wales are.
  • BRITAIN – Historically, the area or union of Wales and England. Currently, Britons themselves use the term Britain to refer to all of Great Britain.
  • BRITISH ISLES – The islands of Great Britain and Ireland, and the small islands around it.
  • IRELAND – Second largest island of the British Isles, divided into two countries: Northern Ireland (UK) and the Republic of Ireland.

British Isles Graph explanation
A short and very educational video that explains the formation of the United Kingdom, the differences between the different nationalities, their formation, the islands and monarchy.

And a very useful graph that sums it all up:

infographic explanation difference between UK and england and great britain
Original image: http://goo.gl/KSvwVj

To learn more about the British Islands, their differences and the history behind them:
http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/questions/britain.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Isles
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom

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