December 08, 2004
Something interesting about the United Kingdom

In the series of curious queries people have asked at this website, someone came looking for "something interesting about the united kingdom".

Well, honoured visitor (should you return), how about this:

The real name of the state commonly referred to as United Kingdom or simply UK is "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland". This is not the same as Great Britain (sometimes even just nicknamed "Britain" in the press), which is the geographical name for the largest island in the British Isles, and includes the mainland nations of England, Wales and Scotland, sometimes also including their islands. The term "Great" in Great Britain is used in opposition to "Little" Britain or Brittany in France (the '-ny' ending being diminutive).

That's interesting, isn't it? There is a whole lot more interesting information to be found about this quirky little country online, including the history of Ireland / Northern Ireland, the Commonwealth etc; try some of these sites:

I'm sure others can add more interesting facts and tidbits in the comments:

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And the only state I know, where the the top level domain (UK) is different from the ISO country code(GB).

http://www.iana.org/root-whois/uk.htm

http://www.iso.org/iso/en/prods-services/iso3166ma/02iso-3166-code-lists/list-en1.html

Posted by: Jan Egil Kristiansen on December 9, 2004 09:22 AM
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