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Great Britain, also United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or United Kingdom for short (English United Kingdom) is a state in north-western Europe. It is located in the British Isles and borders Ireland on Northern Ireland. Great Britain also has a direct connection to France through the Eurotunnel. The area of ​​Great Britain is divided into four countries. These are Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. By far the largest number of people in Great Britain live in England. The British capital is London, which is also the capital of England. The British flag, the Union Jack, is made up of the components of the English, Scottish and Irish flags. The Welsh flag is not represented. Northern Ireland does not have its own flag. The official language in Great Britain is English. Regional languages ​​such as Welsh or Irish are also recognized. The currency of Great Britain is the British Pound (GBP).

The political system is a constitutional monarchy. The British head of state is therefore always a member of the royal family. Above all, the royal family has representative functions. The reigning queen is Elizabeth II. The head of government is the democratically elected prime minister. Great Britain is a member of the European Union (EU), NATO, the United Nations (UN) and the G8.

The United Kingdom built the largest colonial empire in history from the 16th to the 20th centuries. It was called the British Empire and was responsible, among other things, for the worldwide spread of the English language. English is still the most widely spoken language in the world today. The United Kingdom had colonies on every continent on earth, most notably Oceania, North America, Africa and the Indian subcontinent.

On June 23, 2016, 51.89% of voters voted in a referendum for Great Britain to leave the European Union (“Brexit”). Theresa May has been Prime Minister of the United Kingdom since July 13, 2016.

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