Originally Posted by HomeInMyShoes
Actually, that is my bad. I blame the media who interchangeable use England, United Kingdom and Great Britain. I could use some knowledge on what pertains to what.
I'm guessing it's similar in Canada with the differentiation between The Maritimes and Atlantic Canada.
The quick answer is:
England is a country by itself, same as Scotland or Wales.
Great Britain is the island that includes England, Scotland and Wales (as opposed to the island of Ireland).
The United Kingdom is a sovereign state that includes the countries of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The rest of Ireland is not included and is independent.
ETA - Of course you beat me to it fantasyfan, and by only one minute!