Is England a country?

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2016-05-21 04:15:47

Using the word "country" in its strictest sense, as meaning a

separate, sovereign state, then England is not a country.

England is one of the four territories which make up The United

Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and it is The United

Kingdom which is a country.

Many people erroneously say "England" when they really mean The

United Kingdom.

For example, it is common for people in the US to refer to Queen

Elizabeth II as "The Queen of England."

This is like saying that Barrack Obama is The President of Texas

- it is both wrong and meaningless.

Colloquially, however, the word "country" is sometimes applied

to England, as in "Which country of the United Kingdom contains The

Lake District?" While this is strictly speaking incorrect, it is


The other parts of The United Kingdom are Scotland, Wales and

Northern Ireland, and similarly, Scotland and Wales are

colloquially called "countries" but Northern Ireland is usually


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