Is the United Kingdom considered an island?
United Kingdom, island country located off the northwestern coast of mainland Europe. The United Kingdom comprises the whole of the island of Great Britain—which contains England, Wales, and Scotland—as well as the northern portion of the island of Ireland.
The actual name of the sovereign state we are talking about is The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK). The United Kingdom is made up of the countries England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
- 2.1 Anguilla.
- 2.2 Ascension Island.
- 2.3 Bermuda.
- 2.4 British Antarctic Territory.
- 2.5 British Indian Ocean Territory.
- 2.6 British Virgin Islands.
- 2.7 Cayman Islands.
- 2.8 Falkland Islands.
- Germany is the fifth largest country in Europe, covering an area of 357,022 square kilometres; only the Ukraine, France, Spain and Sweden are bigger. Since reunification, there have been 16 länder or federal states.
- Population of the United Kingdom (2018 and historical)
Year Population U.K. Global Rank 2018 66,573,504 21 2017 66,181,585 21 2016 65,788,574 21 2015 65,397,080 21
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is the official title of the state. Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and England are often called the Home Nations. As you say, Wales is a principality, but that doesn't stop it being a country, a nation (and perhaps a region) at the same time.
- A UK passport describes its holder as a "British citizen". According to British nationality law all citizens of the UK have British nationality. "Great Britain" strictly speaking means the island comprising England, Scotland and Wales, and thus does not include Northern Ireland, so it is not the same as "Britain".
- Located in the southern region of the United Kingdom, off the northwestern coastline of continental Europe, England is bordered by Scotland and Wales, and by the Celtic Sea, English Channel, Irish Sea and North Sea.
- England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are all countries, united to form the United Kingdom. From this, I can infer that the UK is nation-state. I'd say we're a nation state, in the same way that other Union States, such as the US, Canada and Australia are.
Although the United Kingdom, as a sovereign state, is a country, England, Scotland, Wales and, to a lesser degree, Northern Ireland are also regarded as countries, though they are not sovereign states. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have devolved self-government.
- It is considered a global city and has a population larger than other countries in the United Kingdom besides England itself. Other urban areas of considerable size and influence tend to be in northern England or the English Midlands.
- If you were born in the UK on or after 1 January 1983. You don't automatically get British citizenship if you were born in the UK. If you were born in the UK on or after 1 January 1983, you'll be a British citizen if your mother or father was either: a British citizen when you were born.
- Most white people born in Great Britain, although British citizens, do not regard themselves as British and prefer to state their national identity as English, Scottish or Welsh. People born in England are called English or British and can say that they live in England, Britain and/or the UK.
Updated: 25th November 2019