Not to be confused with Britain.
Great Britain (Great Britain English, in Welsh, Prydain Fawr, in Breatainn Mhor Gaelic; inBritain veure Cornish) is the largest island in the archipelago of the British Isles. Its area is 229,850 km ². It is also the largest island in Europe, and the eighth largest in the world. In terms ofpopulation, is the third most populous after Java (Indonesia) and Honshu (Japan). The territory of Great Britain is divided into three historic nations: England, Wales and Scotland.
The abbreviationGB is also used in the United Kingdom in their vehicles according to the International Code Vehicle Identification for Foreigners and British Olympic team.
Britain is mostly used as a synonym for thepolitical entity of the United Kingdom, which is incorrect, as the United Kingdom also includes Northern Ireland along with the three nations of Great Britain, and other islands including the Islesof Scilly , the Hebrides, Orkney and the Isle of Wight.
For other uses of this term, see UK (disambiguation).
"UK" redirects here. For other uses, see UK (disambiguation).
"UK" redirects here. Forother uses, see FR (disambiguation).
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland1
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2 for short UK (English, United Kingdom ofGreat Britain and Northern Ireland, in abbreviated United Kingdom, UK or Britain), 1 is a sovereign member of the Union located in the northwest European Continental Europe. Its territory comprisesgeographically the island of Great Britain, the northeast of the island of Ireland and many small islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the country with a land border, which separates it from theRepublic of Ireland. Apart from this border, is surrounded to the north and west by the Atlantic Ocean to the east by the North Sea, the south by the Channel and west by the Irish Sea.