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Old 07-26-2012, 07:04 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by HomeInMyShoes View Post
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!
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