The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland ( United Kingdom or UK ) occupies all of the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern portion of the island of Ireland and most of the rest of the British Isles . It is just off the northern coast of Europe. It is made up of four major countries -- England , Scotland , Wales , and Northern Ireland, as well as several islands protectorates. The UK is a patchwork of cultures with fascinating history and modern culture. Although Britannia no longer rules the waves, the UK is still a central destination for all travellers. The capital city of the United Kingdom (and of England ) is London, one of the great world cities.
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