The United Kingdom consists of Great Britain (which, in turn, consists of England, Scotland and Wales), northeast part of the island of Ireland and many small islands. So the difference between England and the United Kingdom is that England is a part of the United Kingdom.

In the early 18th century, Scotland signed an Act of Union with England to create the United Kingdom of Great Britain. Scotland is getting ready to hold a referendum on whether they want to become an independent nation and secede from the UK.[1]

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EnglandUnited Kingdom
Capital London London
Currency Pound sterling (£) (GBP) Pound sterling (£) (GBP)
Time zone GMT (UTC+0) Greenwich Mean Time (UTC⁠)
Calling code +44 +44
Date formats dd/mm/yyyy (AD or CE) DD/MM/YYYY
Population 50.7 million 65,648,000 (22nd)
Largest city (pop) London London
International abbreviation GB GB
Religions Christianity, Islam, Other Christianity, Islam, other
Flag St. George's Cross The Union Jack
Flag Colors Red, white Red, white, blue
Official Name England The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK)


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