The location of the United Kingdom

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

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland – sovereign country in Europe, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK), or Britain.[1][2][3] Lying off the north-western coast of the European mainland, it includes the island of Great Britain—a term also applied loosely to refer to the whole country—the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland and many smaller islands.

General reference

Countries of the United Kingdom, Dependencies, Territories and Commonwealth

Political map featuring the United Kingdom

Countries of the UK and their subdivisions

Main articles: Countries of the United Kingdom and Subdivisions of the United Kingdom

Crown Dependencies

Map of the British Crown Dependencies

Crown Dependencies

British Overseas Territories

British Overseas Territories

British Overseas Territories

Commonwealth of Nations

Member states of the Commonwealth of Nations

Not to be confused with Commonwealth of England.

The United Kingdom is a member state of the Commonwealth of Nations

Geography, resources and demography

An enlargeable topographic map of the United Kingdom

Geography of the United Kingdom

See also: Geography of England, Geography of Northern Ireland, Geography of Scotland, and Geography of Wales


List of ecoregions in the United Kingdom

An enlargeable satellite image of the United Kingdom


Geographic features


Thirteen areas are designated as national parks in England and Wales.


Natural Resources

Map of population density in the UK as at the 2011 census
NASA VIIRS image highlighting UK population centres
Population density (people per km2) by country, 2015


Demography of the United Kingdom

See also: Demography of England, Demography of Scotland, Demography of Wales, and Demography of Northern Ireland


Ethnic groups in the United Kingdom

Government, monarchy, politics and honours

Rishi Sunak is the current UK Prime Minister.

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


King Charles III and Queen Camilla of the United Kingdom, the present monarch and his consort

See also: Republicanism in the United Kingdom

Branches of the government

Executive branch

Legislative branch

Judicial branch

Courts of the United Kingdom

Foreign relations

Foreign relations of the United Kingdom

International organisation membership

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a member of:[1]

Local government

Manchester Town Hall, a centre of local government

Politics of England

Politics of England

Politics of Northern Ireland

Parliament Buildings at Stormont, Belfast, seat of the Northern Ireland Assembly

Politics of Northern Ireland

Politics of Scotland

The Scottish Parliament Building in Edinburgh

Politics of Scotland

Politics of Wales

The Senedd building in Cardiff Bay

Politics of Wales


Main article: Orders, decorations, and medals of the United Kingdom

Military and Defence

British troops in Iraq

British Armed Forces




See § History

Related topics

Law and order

The Middlesex Guildhall is home to the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.

Law of the United Kingdom

Law of England and Wales

Main articles: English law and Welsh law

Law of Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland law

Law of Scotland

Scots law


Regulatory bodies[edit]

Trade Union Federations[edit]


Transport in the United Kingdom


Economy of the United Kingdom

See also: Economy of England, Economy of Scotland, Economy of Wales, and Economy of Northern Ireland


"A new map of Great Britain according to the newest and most exact observations"

Main pages: History of the United Kingdom and Current events of the United Kingdom

See also: History of England, History of Scotland, History of Wales, and History of Northern Ireland

History by period

Historical states of the British Isles

Roman Britain in 410

By subject


Sunday roast consisting of roast beef, roast potatoes, vegetables and Yorkshire pudding

Culture of the United Kingdom

See also: Culture of England, Culture of Northern Ireland, Culture of Scotland, and Culture of Wales


Belfast City Hall is a municipal building in the Edwardian Baroque style.

Architecture of the United Kingdom

Architecture of England[edit]

Architecture of Scotland[edit]

Architecture of Wales[edit]

Architecture of Northern Ireland[edit]


The arts

The Angel of the North near Gateshead by Antony Gormley, 1998



Led Zeppelin performing in 1975
The Proms in 2004

Popular music

Classical music

Folk music


Shakespeare's Globe


Cinema of the United Kingdom

Cultural icons

Union Flag
Row of phone boxes in Covent Garden
AEC Routemaster bus
Black cab
Mini Cooper S
A cup of tea
Giant's Causeway stones
A thistle
Edinburgh Castle
A daffodil, a national symbol of Wales
Land Rover Defender

United Kingdom icons

English icons

Northern Irish icons

Scottish icons

Welsh icons


Languages of the United Kingdom


Demography of the United Kingdom

Interest groups and societies


Westminster Abbey is used for the coronation of British monarchs.

Religion in the United Kingdom

Sports, games, and pastimes

Sport in the United Kingdom The following are the major sports; local groups may well play many others.




The first England team to tour Southern Australia
The media centre at Lord's Cricket Ground


Association football

Wembley Stadium exterior
The Old Firm derby

Main articles: Football in the United Kingdom and Association football



England playing Wales in the Six Nations

Sport rowing


Other sports, games, and pastimes

Olympic Stadium in June 2011


Education in England

Education in Northern Ireland

Education in Scotland

Education in Wales

See also


  1. ^ a b "United Kingdom". The World Factbook. United States Central Intelligence Agency. 2 July 2009. Retrieved 23 July 2009.
  2. ^ "Encyclopædia Britannica". Retrieved 25 September 2007. Island country located off the north-western coast of mainland Europe
  3. ^ "Countries within a country". Archived from the original on 9 September 2008. Retrieved 13 June 2007. Countries within a country