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An island country in Western Europe, consisting of Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland) and Northern Ireland.

UK flag, from United Kingdom (UK)

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a country in , made up of , , , and . It lies across the English Channel (la Manche) from , and across the North Sea from , , and .

The main language is English. Other languages are also spoken, like Irish in Northern Ireland, Welsh in Wales, and Scottish in Scotland.

The capitals of the United Kingdom are:

  • (Capital of the United Kingdom and Great Britain)
  • (Capital of Wales)
  • (Capital of Scotland)
  • (Capital of Northern Ireland)

Although the names United Kingdom, Great Britain, and England are sometimes used interchangeably, Great Britain is properly the name of the larger island containing England, Wales, and Scotland. These three, plus Northern Ireland, make up the four “constituent countries” of the United Kingdom.

This tag should be used for questions specific to the region, such as travel to, through, or from the UK.

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