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England vs Great Britain

England is often mistakenly used to refer to the entire United Kingdom. This could be due to the fact that the largest city in the UK is London, which happens to be in England. England is within Great Britain, sometimes simply called ‘Britain,’ and is the largest country in Great Britain.

Great Britain is an island on the western coast of Europe. It cover most of the territories in the ‘United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland’ commonly known as the United Kingdom. It is made of four countries that were separated before; these are England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In the 5th century when the people from Continental Germany – the German tribes – started invading Britain, England was called ‘Engla Land’ which meant ‘Land of the Angels’. The name Britain came from the Romans when they arrived in the British Islands but the term Great Britain was utilized during the time of King James of England in 1603. Great Britain refers to the two separated kingdoms; England and Scotland.

Great Britain’s flag is called The Union Flag, more commonly known as the Union Jack. It is a flag made up of three other flags. These are the unions of different flags of countries within Great Britain ‘“ England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Since England is a part of Great Britain, it is represented by St. George’s Cross which is also called the National Flag of England.

People that live in England are called English, and those living in Great Britain – which covers three countries; England, Scotland and Wales – are called British. Great Britain ranks as the 3rd most populous island, with 84% of its population in England. English is the main language in England while in Great Britain, the British speak Scottish, Welsh and English due to the fact that the country is made up of three other countries; England, Scotland and Wales.

One of England’s national symbols is the Royal Arms of England; this coat of arms symbolizes England’s monarchy that is represented by three golden lions. Great Britain on the other hand has the Royal Arms of the United Kingdom which is represented by a shield and bears the arms of countries within Great Britain; England, Scotland and Wales.


1.England is a part of Great Britain, while Great Britain is a part of the United Kingdom.
2.England’s flag is called the St. George’s Cross, while Great Britain’s official flag is called The Union Flag or also called as the Union Jack.
3.England was called ‘Engla Land’ which was a name given by the German tribes, while the name Great Britain was given by the Romans and was used in 1603.
4.People living in England are called ‘English’ while people who live within Great Britain are called ‘British’ besides the other names they are called like ‘Scottish’ ‘English’ and ‘Welsh’.
5.England is the largest country in Great Britain.
6.England’s coat of arms is called ‘Royal Arms of England’, while Great Britain has the ‘Royal Arms of United Kingdom’ it also bears England’s coat of arms.

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