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Where can I find out more about the countries that make up the UK?
The UK is made up of the countries of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Its full name is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Great Britain, on the other hand, comprises only England, Scotland and Wales. It is the largest island of the British Isles. Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic form the second largest island. The Isle of Man and the Channel Islands are not part of the UK. They are largely self-governing with their own legislative assemblies and systems of law. The British Government, however, is responsible for their defence and international relations.
Please also visit the relevant office websites: Scottish Executive National Assembly for Wales Northern Ireland Office