Outline of the United Kingdom

Outline of the United Kingdom
Flag of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
The location of the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland,[1] commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK, or Britain,[2] is a sovereign island nation located in the British Isles of Western Europe.[3][4][5] The United Kingdom comprises the island of Great Britain, the northeastern part of the island of Ireland, and a large number of smaller islands.

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to the United Kingdom:


General reference

An enlargeable basic map of the United Kingdom


An enlargeable topographic map of the United Kingdom


An enlargeable satellite image of the United Kingdom

Geographic features


Thirteen areas are designated as national parks in England and Wales

United Kingdom, Countries of the United Kingdom, Dependencies and Territories




Crown dependencies

British Overseas Territories



Immigration and Ethnicity

  • British Arab
    • British Yemeni
    • British Iraqi
    • British Iranian
    • British Turkish

Government and politics

Main articles: Her Majesty's Government, Monarchy of the United Kingdom, and Politics of the United Kingdom


Branches of the government

Executive branch

Legislative branch

Judicial branch

Foreign relations

International organisation membership

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a member of:[3]

Law and order

Law of England and Wales

Law of Northern Ireland

Law of Scotland


Local government

Politics of England

Politics of Northern Ireland

Politics of Scotland

Politics of Wales


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History of the UK

Main article: History of the United Kingdom, Timeline of British history, and Current events of the United Kingdom

Historical states of the British Isles

History of the UK, by field

Culture of the UK

The arts in the UK

Architecture of the United Kingdom

Architecture of England
Architecture of Scotland
  • Abbeys and priories in Scotland
Architecture of Wales
  • Abbeys and priories in Wales
Architecture of Northern Ireland
  • Abbeys and priories in Northern Ireland

Gardens in the UK

Museums in the UK

  • Museums in England
  • Museums in Northern Ireland
  • Museums in Scotland
  • Museums in Wales
  • List of British railway museums

Music in the UK

British popular music
Classical music in the UK
Folk music in the UK

British theatre

British film

Cultural icons in the UK

United Kingdom icons

English icons

Northern Irish icons

Scottish icons

Welsh icons

Languages in the United Kingdom

People of the UK

Interest groups and societies

Religion in the UK

Religion in the United Kingdom

Sports, games, and pastimes in the UK

The following are the major sports; local groups may well play many others.

Angling in the UK

  • National Federation of Anglers[1]
  • National Federation of Sea Anglers[2]
  • Salmon and Trout Association[3]

Cricket in the UK

Chess in the UK

Association football in the United Kingdom

Rugby in the UK

Hiking in the UK

Sport rowing in the UK

Skiing in the UK

Other sports, games, and pastimes in the UK

Economy and infrastructure of the UK

  • United Kingdom Stock Exchange

Regulatory bodies

Trade Union Federations

Education in the UK

Education in England

Education in Northern Ireland

Education in Scotland

Education in Wales

Infrastructure of the UK

  • Fire services in the United Kingdom
  • Health care in the United Kingdom
    • Health care in England
    • Health care in Northern Ireland
    • Health care in Scotland
    • Health care in Wales
  • Transportation in the United Kingdom
  • Water supply and sanitation in the United Kingdom

Transport in the United Kingdom

See also


  1. ^ In the United Kingdom and Dependencies, other languages have been officially recognised as legitimate autochthonous (regional) languages under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. In each of these, the UK's official name is as follows:
    • Cornish: Rywvaneth Unys Breten Veur ha Kledhbarth Iwerdhon;
    • Irish: Ríocht Aontaithe na Breataine Móire agus Thuaisceart Éireann;
    • Scots: Unitit Kinrick o Great Breetain an Northren Irland;
    • Scottish Gaelic: Rìoghachd Aonaichte Bhreatainn Mhòir agus Èireann a Tuath;
    • Welsh: Teyrnas Unedig Prydain Fawr a Gogledd Iwerddon
  2. ^ See Terminology of the British Isles for further explanation of the usage of the term "Britain" in geographical and political contexts.
  3. ^ a b "United Kingdom". The World Factbook. United States Central Intelligence Agency. July 2, 2009. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/uk.html. Retrieved July 23, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Encyclopaedia Britannica". http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/615557/United-Kingdom. Retrieved 2007-09-25. "Island country located off the north-western coast of mainland Europe" 
  5. ^ "Countries within a country". www.number-10.gov.uk. http://www.number10.gov.uk/Page823. Retrieved 2007-06-13. "Countries within a country" 

External links

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