If you’ve ever taken a class on European history (or seen the movie Elizabeth) you’ll recall that the regions of the British Isles have traded sovereign hands more frequently than a scroll of parchment decreeing a beheading — not my best monarchy joke, but just go with it. As a result, few people besides historians and dorks really know the difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England, and yes, apparently there is a difference.

Do you ever find yourself wondering, “Is Scotland it’s own country? Can you call someone from Northern Ireland ‘English’? And what the hell is Wales?” Well, you can calm your troubled mind now, thanks to this handy infographic that breaks down the nomenclature of Ireland and Great Britain:

The difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England

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  1. Awesome infograph! I’ve known these facts years ago because I’ve been quite interested with the kingdom’s history. I think that there is a certain pride with the Scottish, Irish and Welsh people that’s why they don’t wanna be called Englishmen in general.


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