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Joined: 25†July†2006
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Posted: 25†July†2006 at 3:44pm | IP Logged Quote Lueece

Please can you tell me :

Who is included in Great Britain & who is included in the United Kingdom?


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Posted: 28†July†2006 at 4:57pm | IP Logged Quote Fun007

Great Britain is an island lying off the northwestern coast of mainland Europe and to the east of Ireland, comprising the main territory of the United Kingdom. Great Britain is also used as a geopolitical term describing the combination of England, Scotland, and Wales, which together comprise the entire island and some outlying islands. Great Britain (or simply Britain) is also widely used as a synonym for the sovereign state properly known as the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.


This common usage is technically inaccurate as the United Kingdom includes Northern Ireland, in addition to the three countries that make up Great Britain, as shown by its full name "the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland", and also because the three countries that make up Great Britain itself collectively include over 100 other islands, such as the Isles of Scilly, St Michael's Mount, the Isle of Wight, Lindisfarne, Lundy, Mersea Island, [the Isle of Sheppey]], the Isle of Portland, and Steepholm in England; Anglesey, Bardsey Island, Skomer, Skokholm, Caldey Island and Ramsey Island and Flatholm in Wales; and the Isles of Arran, Bute, the Cumbraes, the Inner Hebrides (including Skye, Mull, Islay, Jura, Coll, Tiree, Rum, Eigg, Muck, Colonsay and Oronsay), the Outer Hebrides (principally comprising Lewis, Harris, Benbecula, North Uist, South Uist and Barra), the Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands, the Monach Islands, the Flannan Islands and the St. Kilda group in Scotland. The islet of Rockall, over 180 miles west of St. Kilda (towards Iceland) is included, though other nations dispute the UK's claim on this territory.


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