July 23rd, 2013

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On Sherlock, The UK and Why England is not an Official "country"


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(art credit: Jenks1983)



Explaining the use of England, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom to writers from other countries.


I have surprising had quite a lot of asks regarding “England” and “what is this ‘UK’ thing?” or more disturbingly “is United Kingdom a real country?


The United Kingdom is a real country – I live in it and so do over 70 million other people!


The United Nations and the vast majority of the world define "countries" as sovereign states.


England is not a sovereign state like the USA/Russia/China. The United Kingdom is the sovereign state/country, recognised by the UN, that England belongs to.




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