What’s The Difference Between the United Kingdom (UK), Great Britain and England?

Difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England

Difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England

I know you think this is going to be a simple answer. But you’d be wrong!

Seriously, I’m willing to bet that even the Queen of England doesn’t actually know what all she’s supposed to be ruling over! Heck, I just watched this video and even I can’t repeat what I just heard.

And here is that summary again if your head is still spinning…

Difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England

Difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England

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Comments

  1. Herbie Read says:

    Adam, The island of Ireland is on one of the islands that make up the British Isles. That’s geography. The Republic of Ireland is separate from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. That’s politics. The video does a pretty good job of explaining it all.

  2. Good gravy! So it really is confusing! Well, thank gawd, now I don’t feel so stupid for never understanding it!

  3. Kader says:

    Thank you very much for the video for as long as I wanted to know these differences

  4. Mark Snape says:

    Hi John P.
    Hopefully the simple answer to Cali’s question.
    Great Britain is the countries of England, Scotland and Wales and really is only of geographical importance.

    United Kingdom is the political entity comprising the countries of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. NI is the top right of the island of Ireland.

    Neither Great Britain or United Kingdom are the same as ‘British’ which is more to do with The Crown (in the diagram).

    Heck, I live here and its still complicated…

  5. Adam says:

    Sorry to burst your bubble but, Ireland is NOT part of the British Isles!

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