The United Kingdom (short-UK), long-form United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (English United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) is a sovereign state off the northwestern coast of continental Europe.
The largest island nation in Europe is a union of formerly independent states England, Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland. The United Kingdom also has several overseas territories. The Kronbesitztümer the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands are the British crown assumed as independent countries, however, are not part of the United Kingdom. Their relationship with the United Kingdom can be explained by the concept of suzerainty describe. As a parliamentary monarchy, the country also maintains ties to fifteen Commonwealth realms, whose head of state is the British monarch.
As a highly developed industrial country, the United Kingdom has the world’s sixth-highest gross domestic product. With about 60.2 million inhabitants, it is the third most populous country in the European Union. In addition, the UK is a founding member of NATO and the United Nations. There is nuclear power, a permanent member of the Security Council and a member state of the Group of Eight.
After the dissolution of the British Empire, the United Kingdom market has a major impact because of the widespread use of English language and the world-wide Commonwealth of Nations, one of the British monarch mentioned loose confederation.