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Overview of Great Britain


Great Britain (informally Britain) is an island situated to the northwest of Continental Europe. It is the ninth largest island in the world, and the largest European island, as well as the largest of the British Isles.


With a population of about 60.0 million people in mid-2009, it is the third most populated island on Earth. Great Britain is surrounded by over 1,000[8] smaller islands and islets. The island of Ireland lies to its west. Politically, Great Britain may also refer to the island itself together with a number of surrounding islands which comprise the territory of England, Scotland and Wales.

Location: North West Europe

Area: 229,848 km[sup]2[/sup] (88,744.8 sq mi)

- United Kingdom
- England
- Scotland
- Wales

Largest city: London

Population: 53,012, 456 (mid-2011 est.)