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British Islands: Collective legal term for the United Kingdom plus the Crown Dependencies: the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey (including Alderney, Sark and Herm). [e]

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Parent topics

  • Commonwealth of Nations [r]: An international organisation that evolved out of the British Empire. [e]
  • Europe [r]: Sixth largest continent; area 10,000,000 km2; pop. 720,000,000 [e]
  • British Isles [r]: Group of islands off the northwest coast of Europe comprising Great Britain, Ireland, and adjacent smaller islands. [e]


  • Monarchy of the United Kingdom [r]: The institution, the embodiment of which is the head of state of the United Kingdom. [e]
  • Elizabeth II [r]: The present monarch and head of state of the United Kingdom since 1952 (born 1926). [e]

United Kingdom


  • England [r]: The largest and southernmost country in the United Kingdom, and location of the largest city and seat of government, London; population about 51,000,000. [e]
  • Scotland [r]: A country that forms the northernmost part of the United Kingdom; population about 5,200,000. [e]
  • Wales [r]: A country of the United Kingdom that historically was considered a principality; population about 3,000,000. [e]
  • Northern Ireland [r]: Part of the United Kingdom comprising six of the nine counties of the Irish province of Ulster; population about 1,800,000. [e]

Crown Dependencies

  • Crown Dependencies [r]: British territories with strong constitutional and historical links to the UK (Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey). [e]

Isle of Man

Channel Islands

Geographical features

  • Atlantic Ocean [r]: Second largest ocean in the world; separates the Americas from Europe and Africa. [e]
  • English Channel [r]: Sea channel running between the south coast of England and the north coast of France. [e]
  • North Sea [r]: Part of the Atlantic Ocean, between north-western mainland Europe and Great Britain; important trading and fishing zone, with extensive petroleum and natural gas reserves. [e]

Other related topics

  • British Overseas Territories [r]: 14 areas of the world that are partly under the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom; most are otherwise self-governing and were once part of the British Empire. [e]
  • European Union [r]: Political and economic association of 28 European states. [e]