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The Difference Between the UK, Great Britain and England

The Difference Between the UK, Great Britain and England

Created At:26 February, 2019
Created By:Ola Elwassify
Updated At:14 March, 2023

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The United Kingdom is one of the most interesting countries in the world and one of the most popular as well. Yet, some people get it mixed up with other countries and names that relate to it. The United Kingdom and Great Britain are terms that are frequently used interchangeably. However, they are not quite exchangeable. The lengthy history of the British Isles is the basis for the two names and the distinction between them. Let’s dive into further details!

What is the British Isles?

The British Isles countries are Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The UK is a national island, and Great Britain is an island. The British Isles is the geographical term used to refer to the aforementioned areas.

The UK vs Great Britain vs England

What is the difference between Great Britain and the  United Kingdom?

Great Britain includes Scotland, England and Wales, whereas the United Kingdom includes both Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Is Northern Ireland part of the UK? YES, it is, indeed.

Is Ireland part of Great Britain? No. Not at all.

Is Ireland part of the UK? Partially, yes. Ireland has the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Only Northern Ireland is included within the UK.

Is Scotland part of the UK? Scotland is a part of Great Britain and Great Britain is part of the UK. So it is a Yes.

What is the difference between London and England? England is a country and its capital is London, it is also the UK’s capital.

Is England in the UK? Since England is located within Great Britain and Great Britain is part of the UK, so it is a yes.  To sum it up, England is in orange, GB is in orange, blue and pink, and the UK is in orange, blue, pink and light green.


Is the UK, Great Britain, and England the same thing?

The United Kingdom (UK) is a sovereign nation made up of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

Great Britain is an island off Europe's northwestern coast.

England is a part of the United Kingdom.

Are Irish people British?

The Irish, who inhabit the Republic of Ireland, are a distinct race with no connection to the British. Irish people are those who reside in the Republic of Ireland. People who reside in Northern Ireland (the UK part of the island) may claim to be both Irish and British.

There you have it!

We hope we managed to clear up some of the confusion around these terms! If you’re willing to study in the UK, get in touch with us now to secure your room!

Updated: 31-8-2022

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