Great Britain or United Kingdom (GB or UK)?

Great Britain or United Kingdom (GB or UK)?

I was signing up for an online service. One of the stages was to select my country from a drop-down list. That should be easy, I thought, but the UK was not listed. Neither was England. A further hunt and I spotted ‘GB – United Kingdom.’

Now, let’s be clear: Great Britain is not the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom is comprised of Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) and Northern Ireland. It is all very confusing, I know, but here it is explained in map form:

And if you prefer charts, the one below gives you the details:

This complex structure is borne out of the colourful history of the British Isles. The map clearly hints at the friction that continues today within Ireland.

I am a partner at Succession Plus. We are specialists in providing proactive, focused and strategic advice for SME owners to help them manage strategic Business Succession and Exit Planning. I am enjoying a career that has embraced product and service businesses at all stages of their journey. I have worked in technology, telecoms, consumer electronics, payments, media, and publishing.

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