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The UK offers much variety, from small country villages to the largest of industrial cities. It is a world leader in art, music, dance and fashion. Although it is an island, it is still very European. The UK hosted the Olympic and Paraolympic Games in 2012 in the city of London.

The United Kingdom is actually the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Some people, even British people, are confused by this. Great Britain is the island that contains England, Scotland and Wales. Together with Northern Ireland, these countries make up the UK. The UK’s only border is therefore with Eire, or Southern Ireland, though there is the Channel Tunnel linking England with France.

So, the UK is made up of the following regions: England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. The Isle of Man and the Channel Islands are Crown Dependencies, which means they are self-governing but dependent on the United Kingdom for certain affairs, such as foreign relations. For travel purposes, all of these regions are treated as one country. Following your point of entry into the United Kingdom, (e.g. London), you will not need your passport again when travelling to its regions. If flying between regional airports you will require photographic ID and a passport is often the best option to use. The inhabitants of all these regions are collectively called British, although they may be of different nationalities – i.e. Welsh, Scottish, Irish, Manx and so forth.


The national flag is fondly referred to as the ‘Union Jack', and is a composite of the flags of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, symbolising their union. (The Welsh flag, with its dragon, could not be integrated into the same design.)

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