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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

England or Great Britain?

British Isles mapWith the Olympic Games being held in England there is some confusion as to the difference between England, Great Britain and the United Kingdom

England (includes Wales)
Great Britain = England, Scotland and Wales
United Kingdom = England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (Southern Ireland is the Republic of Ireland)
British Isles = England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and the surrounding Islands including the Isle of Man and Channel Islands

See more info here

The Union Jack is made up of the English flag (red cross) the Scottish flag (white diagonal on a blue background) and the Irish flag (diagonal red cross on a white background).
Wales had previously been combined with England and the Welsh flag is not depicted on the Union Jack.


Tiffany Norris said...

Glad you posted this! As a bit of an Anglophile, I'm always a little bugged when people don't know the difference!

Joanne said...

I've thought of you as I watched the Olympics. I think England embraces the Great Britain aspect when they have a winner, like the Scot Andy Murray. (Just kidding) It's been fun cheering for their home team and seeing their Union Jack fly proudly.

K9friend said...

Interesting. Thanks for clearing that up.

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