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Beginners' Guide to UK Geography

Welcome to the Beginners' Guide to UK Geography - a simple, informative and colourful tour of the main territorial units used in National Statistics work. Do you know the difference between a ward and a parish, why there are no longer any counties in Wales, or how many Nomenclature of Units for Territorial Statistics (NUTS) areas there are in England? Do you know the name of Northern Ireland's longest river, or where and when Scotland is scheduled to get its first national park? If you can already answer all of these then that's fantastic - but if not then all the information is here with much more besides - a collection of basic facts for everyone, together with more specialist information on topics such as boundary change.

To make things easier we've divided the many different geographies into categories reflecting the purposes for which they are used. Click on the text in the relevant box below to link to your chosen page.


This page last revised: Friday, 16 November 2001

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