Outline of the United Kingdom

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The location of the United Kingdom
An enlargeable map of the United Kingdom

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; a sovereign island state in the British Isles of north-west Europe, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK), or Britain.[1][2][3] The UK comprises the island of Great Britain (a term sometimes loosely applied to the whole state), the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland, and a large number of smaller islands.


General reference[edit]

An enlargeable basic map of the United Kingdom


An enlargeable topographic map of the United Kingdom
See also: Geography of England, Geography of Northern Ireland, Geography of Scotland and Geography of Wales


An enlargeable satellite image of the United Kingdom

Geographic features[edit]


Thirteen areas are designated as national parks in England and Wales

United Kingdom, Countries of the United Kingdom, Dependencies and Territories[edit]

  • United Kingdom




Crown dependencies[edit]

Map of the British Crown Dependencies
Main article: Crown dependencies

British Overseas Territories[edit]


London is the capital of the United Kingdom


Immigration and Ethnicity[edit]

  • White Irish

Government and politics[edit]

Queen Elizabeth II, the current British monarch
David Cameron, the current British Prime Minister
Main articles: Her Majesty's Government, Monarchy of the United Kingdom, and Politics of the United Kingdom


Branches of the government[edit]

Executive branch[edit]

Legislative branch[edit]

Judicial branch[edit]

Foreign relations[edit]

International organisation membership[edit]

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a member of:[1]

Law and order[edit]

Law of England and Wales[edit]

Main articles: English law and Welsh law

Law of Northern Ireland[edit]

Main article: Northern Ireland law

Law of Scotland[edit]

Main article: Scots law


Main article: British Armed Forces

Local government[edit]

Politics of England[edit]

Main article: Politics of England

Politics of Northern Ireland[edit]

Politics of Scotland[edit]

Main article: Politics of Scotland

Politics of Wales[edit]

The Senedd in Cardiff
Main article: Politics of Wales

History of the UK[edit]

Main article: History of the United Kingdom and Current events of the United Kingdom

Historical states of the British Isles[edit]

History of the UK, by subject[edit]

Culture of the UK[edit]

Sunday roast consisting of roast beef, roast potatoes, vegetables and Yorkshire pudding
Britannia is a symbol of the United Kingdom

The arts in the UK[edit]

Architecture of the United Kingdom[edit]

Architecture of England[edit]
Architecture of Scotland[edit]
Architecture of Wales[edit]
Architecture of Northern Ireland[edit]

Gardens in the UK[edit]

Museums in the UK[edit]

Music in the UK[edit]

Led Zeppelin performing in 1975
British popular music[edit]
Classical music in the UK[edit]
The Proms in 2004
Folk music in the UK[edit]

British theatre[edit]

British film[edit]

Cultural icons in the UK[edit]

Map of the UK as part of the British Isles.

United Kingdom icons[edit]

A dish of baked beans over scrambled eggs on toast
The Imperial Crown of India, part of the Crown Jewels
A mini
Row of K2 boxes in Covent Garden, September 2007
A cup of tea

English icons[edit]

Illustration of Jack the Ripper
Stonehenge in 2007

Northern Irish icons[edit]

Scottish icons[edit]

Welsh icons[edit]

Languages in the United Kingdom[edit]

People of the UK[edit]

Interest groups and societies[edit]

Religion in the UK[edit]

Religion in the United Kingdom

Sports, games, and pastimes in the UK[edit]

The following are the major sports; local groups may well play many others.

Angling in the UK[edit]

Chess in the UK[edit]

Cricket in the UK[edit]

The first England team to tour Southern Australia
Further information: Cricket

Hiking in the UK[edit]

Association football in the United Kingdom[edit]

Wembley Stadium exterior


Rugby in the UK[edit]

England playing Wales in the Six Nations

Sport rowing in the UK[edit]

Skiing in the UK[edit]

Other sports, games, and pastimes in the UK[edit]

Olympic Stadium in June 2011

Economy and infrastructure of the UK[edit]

Regulatory bodies[edit]

Trade Union Federations[edit]

Transport in the United Kingdom[edit]

Education in the UK[edit]

Education in England[edit]

Education in Northern Ireland[edit]

Education in Scotland[edit]

Education in Wales[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "United Kingdom". The World Factbook. United States Central Intelligence Agency. 2 July 2009. Retrieved 23 July 2009. 
  2. ^ "Encyclopaedia Britannica". Retrieved 2007-09-25. "Island country located off the north-western coast of mainland Europe" 
  3. ^ "Countries within a country". www.number-10.gov.uk. Retrieved 2007-06-13. "Countries within a country" 

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