The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom or Britain, is a country in Europe, off the north-western coast of the continental mainland. It comprises England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland, and many smaller islands within the British Isles. Northern Ireland shares a land border with the Republic of Ireland; otherwise, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the North Sea, the English Channel, the Celtic Sea and the Irish Sea. The total area of the United Kingdom is 242,495 square kilometres, with an estimated 2020 population of more than 67 million people.The United Kingdom has evolved from a series of annexations, unions and separations of constituent countries over several hundred years.
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