Outline of the United Kingdom

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The location 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.

    See also Category:United Kingdom and Template:United Kingdom topics


General reference[edit]

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

Political map featuring the United Kingdom
Map of the British Crown Dependencies
British Overseas Territories

Countries of the UK and their subdivisions[edit]

Crown dependencies[edit]

Main article: Crown dependencies

British Overseas Territories[edit]

Commonwealth of Nations[edit]

Not to be confused with Commonwealth of England.

The United Kingdom is a member state of the Commonwealth of Nations

Geography, resources and demography of the UK[edit]

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


Resources of the UK[edit]

Map of population density in the UK as at the 2011 census.
NASA VIIRS image highlighting UK population centres
Population density (people per km2) by country, 2015.



Government, monarchy, politics and honours in the UK[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]

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


Military and Defence of the UK[edit]

Main article: British Armed Forces




    See: Outline of the United Kingdom#History of the UK

Related topics[edit]

Law and order in the UK[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

Infrastructure of the UK[edit]

Economy of the UK[edit]

History of the UK[edit]

"A new map of Great Britain according to the newest and most exact observations"
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

Architecture of the United Kingdom[edit]

The arts in the UK[edit]

Museums in the UK[edit]

Music in the UK[edit]

Led Zeppelin performing in 1975
The Proms in 2004

British popular music[edit]

Classical music in the UK[edit]

Folk music in the UK[edit]

British theatre[edit]

British film[edit]

Cultural icons in the UK[edit]

A dish of baked beans over scrambled eggs on toast
A Mini
A cup of tea
Giant's Causeway stones
Edinburgh Castle

United Kingdom icons[edit]

English icons[edit]

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]

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

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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