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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
, commonly known as the
, is a
. Lying off the north-western coast of the
, it includes the island of
—a term also applied loosely to refer to the whole country—the north-eastern part of the island of
and many smaller islands.
is the only part of the UK that shares
a land border
with another state—the
Republic of Ireland
. Apart from this land border, the UK is surrounded by the
, with the
to its east, the
to its south and the
to its south-southwest. The
lies between Great Britain and Ireland. With an area of , the UK is the
80th-largest sovereign state in the world
11th-largest in Europe
. It is also is the
22nd-most populous country
, with an estimated 64.5 million inhabitants.
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