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The Difference Between the United Kingdom, Great Britain, and England

The Difference Between the United Kingdom, Great Britain, and England infographic

Do you know the Difference Between the United Kingdom, Great Britain, and England? This infographic from sa-la.jp spells out the differences. It also includes a timeline of major events and some ideas for the future.

The terminology of the UK is quite complicated, so it’s no wonder that people get confused. Are Great Britain, the UK and England the same thing? Is Ireland part of the UK? What’s Wales!? To help explain things, I put together this infographic to define the parts that make up the UK and how it came about. If you still have any questions by the end of it, feel free to ask in the comment section below.

Really good infographic design that uses different visualization methods in the visual explanation.  Maps, icons and a subway map style timeline are easy to understand, and give the reader a basic understanding of the UK.

The sources should be more specific, linking to specific web pages, and there should be a URL to the original infographic landing page in the footer.

Thanks to Tim for sending in the link!

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Reader Comments (11)

Nice overview. The grey parts (minor islands among the British Isles) are illustrated to further detail by this Venn diagram:


And as for that whole "pars-pro-toto" issue, I wouldn't call it dangerous, just popular (mis)conception. Cf. these examples:

England ≠ Great Britain ≠ British Isles
Holland ≠ Netherlands
Russia ≠ Soviet Union
United States ≠ America

Cheers! :)
November 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKenneth F
Now I think I understand the mess :-)
November 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeandro
Excellent and meaningful
November 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhamid
Nice. As an American ex-pat living in the UK, I occasionally have to explain this to others in the company i work for. I have made a map of this in the past but this Infographic is very well done.

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November 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTom Probert
Don't forget the Crown Dependencies - particularly the Isle of Man, at the very centre of the British Isles

December 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEllan Vannin
where can in buy one?
January 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKeeley
whats russia then?
July 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commentershaily
what about cornwall?
January 5, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjhhjj
The above is very good but doesn't make the promised definitions clear. Note that:

Britain = England + Wales
Great Britain = England + Wales + Scotland
UK = England + Wales + Scotland + N. Ireland
September 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBook67
Excellent article
September 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Paul
Excellent Post
November 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterChris Sparham
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