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Great Britain, the United Kingdom and the British Isles: what’s the difference?

What's the difference between Great Britain, the United Kingdom and the British Isles - explained in a sketch with maps

This is generally the source of much confusion. Even amongst those who live over here. If you look carefully at the description of the United Kingdom, you’ll see it’s the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. And the British Isles is the group of islands as a whole, including all of Ireland too.

The source I liked best for this explaining this and much more was Project Britain.

For much further confusion, think for a moment why there’s a UK passport, Great Britain in the Olympic games, and in football, we compete as England, Wales, Scotland and N. Ireland separately. 🤔

You might be interested in the Union Jack: The making of a flag


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