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 country in Europe, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK), or Britain.[1][2][3] Lying off the north-western coast of the European mainland, it includes the island of Great Britain—a term also applied loosely to refer to the whole country—the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland and many smaller islands.

General reference[edit]

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

Political map featuring the United Kingdom

Countries of the UK and their subdivisions[edit]

Crown Dependencies[edit]

Map of the British Crown Dependencies

Crown Dependencies

British Overseas Territories[edit]

British Overseas Territories

British Overseas Territories

Commonwealth of Nations[edit]

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

Geography, resources and demography[edit]

An enlargeable topographic map of the United Kingdom

Geography of the United Kingdom


List of ecoregions in the United Kingdom

An enlargeable satellite image of the United Kingdom


Geographic features[edit]


Thirteen areas are designated as national parks in England and Wales


Natural Resources[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.


Demography of the United Kingdom


Ethnic groups in the United Kingdom

Government, monarchy, politics and honours[edit]

Boris Johnson is the current UK Prime Minister


Branches of the government[edit]

Executive branch[edit]

Legislative branch[edit]

Judicial branch[edit]

Courts of the United Kingdom

Foreign relations[edit]

Foreign relations of the United Kingdom

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]

Politics of England

Politics of Northern Ireland[edit]

Parliament Buildings at Stormont, Belfast, seat of the Northern Ireland Assembly

Politics of Northern Ireland

Politics of Scotland[edit]

Politics of Scotland

Politics of Wales[edit]

Politics of Wales


Military and Defence[edit]

British troops in Iraq

British Armed Forces




See § History

Related topics[edit]

Law and order[edit]

Law of the United Kingdom

Law of England and Wales[edit]

Law of Northern Ireland[edit]

Northern Ireland law

Law of Scotland[edit]

Scots law



Economy of the United Kingdom


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

History by period[edit]

Historical states of the British Isles[edit]

By subject[edit]


Sunday roast consisting of roast beef, roast potatoes, vegetables and Yorkshire pudding

Culture of the United Kingdom


Architecture of the United Kingdom

The arts[edit]



Led Zeppelin performing in 1975
The Proms in 2004

Popular music[edit]

Classical music[edit]

Folk music[edit]



Cinema of the United Kingdom

Cultural icons[edit]

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 of the United Kingdom


Demography of the United Kingdom

Interest groups and societies[edit]


Religion in the United Kingdom

Sports, games, and pastimes[edit]

Sport in the United Kingdom The following are the major sports; local groups may well play many others.




The first England team to tour Southern Australia
The media centre at Lord's Cricket Ground


Association football[edit]



England playing Wales in the Six Nations

Sport rowing[edit]


Other sports, games, and pastimes[edit]

Olympic Stadium in June 2011


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. ^ "Encyclopædia Britannica". Retrieved 25 September 2007. Island country located off the north-western coast of mainland Europe
  3. ^ "Countries within a country". number-10.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 9 September 2008. Retrieved 13 June 2007. Countries within a country

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