The United Kingdom, Great Britain and England Explained

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The video below[1] explains the difference between the various political and geographical entities that are still or have historically been associated with England. Below the video is a summary with links and a screenshot of the final graphic, which is a nice Venn diagram of all of the various entities.

The Difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England Explained by CGPGrey (YouTube)

  • The United Kingdom is a political entity that comprises England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
  • Great Britain is a geographical entity and is the largest of the British Isles and is a subset of the United Kingdom that does not include Northern Ireland.
  • The island of Ireland comprises Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland.
  • The Commonwealth Realm (Wikipedia) comprises Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica and other islands (watch the video or hit the link above for a full list).
  • The Crown Dependencies (Wikipedia) include Guernsey, Jersey and Isle of Man.
  • And, finally, the British Overseas Territories (Wikipedia) (also known as the former Crown Colonies) include Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and the Falkland Islands as well as many more.

 Overview of the Various Political and Geographical Entities


[1] Hat-tip to Kath, who found it on Video of the Day by Mike Barish (Gadling).