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A bog on the 'coast to coast walk' somewhere in England.
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About United Kingdom

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UK topographic map
Topographic map of the United Kingdom (don't use it for navigation).

The map shows the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, often happily abbreviated to UK. Great Britain is one of the few remaining kingdoms in Europe; the nation consists of three countries: England, Wales, and Scotland, plus the province of Northern Ireland, which occupies the northeastern part of the island of Ireland.

The UK is located on an archipelago known as the British Isles with the main islands of Great Britain and Ireland, and the surrounding island groups of the Hebrides, the Shetlands, the Orkneys, the Isle of Man and the Isle of Wight. The United Kingdom is located off the northern coast of France, and west of Sweden and Denmark, between the North Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean.

The UK has only one land border, and that is on the island of Ireland. Since 1994 the Channel Tunnel beneath the English Channel links the UK with France. The United Kingdom shares maritime borders with Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, and the Faroe Islands (Denmark).

With an area of 242,900 km², the United Kingdom is about half the size of Spain, or slightly larger than half the size of the U.S. state of California.

The kingdom has a population of 66 million people; capital, largest city, and its political and financial center is London.
The official language in the UK is English, recognized regional languages are Scots, Scottish Gaelic, Welsh, Irish, and Cornish. The UK's official religion is Christianity, but churches of all denominations can be found throughout the country.

Map of United Kingdom

Political Map of the United Kingdom, England, Scotland, and Wales, and Northern Ireland
Political Map of United Kingdom (UK) showing England, Scotland, Wales, and the province of Northern Ireland.

The map shows United Kingdom and surrounding nations with international borders, the three countries of the UK, England, Scotland, and Wales, and the province of Northern Ireland, the national capital London, country capitals, major cities, main roads, and major airports.

You are free to use above map for educational purposes, please refer to the Nations Online Project.

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Gloucester Road Station in London, England, United Kingdom
Gloucester Road Station in London, England, UK.
Photo: Dietmar Rabich (XRay)

Highlights of British Geography

The Royal Greenwich Observatory, in South East London, is the defining point of the Prime Meridian (Longitude 0°).

The highest elevation in Britain is Ben Nevis 1,344 m (4,409 ft), the mountain is located in the Grampian range, one of the three major mountain ranges in the Scottish Highlands.

The longest river in Great Britain is River Severn with a length of about 354 kilometers (220 mi), it runs through the central region of Wales and England and empties into the Bristol Channel.
UK's largest lakes are: Lough Neagh, the largest water body in the UK is situated in Northern Ireland, so is Lough Erne, two connected lakes in County Fermanagh, one of the thirty-two counties of Ireland and one of the six counties of Northern Ireland.

UK's countries

Scotland is divided into three distinct geographical areas: 1. the mountainous Highlands, the sparsely populated Highlands at the northern end of Great Britain are one of two main historical regions in Scotland, they are separated by the Highland Boundary Fault from the Scottish Lowlands. 2. the relatively low-lying Central plain (Central Belt), the area with the highest populational because most of the major cities of Scotland are located there, and 3. the southernmost part in Scotland, the Southern Uplands, a mainly agricultural region with nice hills and valleys.

Wales is generally a mountainous country, particularly in the north and central regions, its highest mountain is Snowdon with 1,085 m (3,560 ft).

England occupies the central and southern two-thirds of the island of Great Britain. The longest river entirely in England is the Thames, with 346 km (215 mi). The northern part of England is dominated by the Pennines, a low-rising mountain range, considered to be one of the most scenic areas in the United Kingdom. South of the Pennine Hills are the rolling hills of the English Lowlands, Englands portion of the European Plain.

Cities and Towns in United Kingdom:

The map shows the location of following cities in Britain:

Largest Cities: London (Greater London: 8.67 million), Birmingham (1.1 million), Leeds (750,000), Glasgow (620,000), Liverpool (534,900), Sheffield (552,000), Manchester (545,000), Bradford (522,000), Edinburgh (468,000), Bristol (428,000).

Other cities and towns:
Aberdeen, Aberystwyth, Ayr, Bangor, Bath, Belfast, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Brighton, Cambridge, Canterbury, Cardiff, Carlisle, Chester, Colchester, Coventry, Douglas, Dover, Dumfries, Dundee, Exeter, Folkestone, Gloucester, Grimsby, Hastings, Holyhead, HullYork, Inverness, Ipswich, Leicester, Lerwick, Londonderry, Middlesbrough, Newcastle upon Tyne, Newport, Newtown, Northampton, Norwich, Nottingham, Omagh, Oxford, Penzance, Perth, Peterborough, Plymouth, Poole, Portsmouth, Preston, Reading, Scarborough, Shrewsbury, Southampton, Southend on-Sea, St Albans, Stoke-on-Trent, Stranraer, Swansea, Torquay, Wolverhampton, and Worcester


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